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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Weekend Indulgences

The weekends should be all about indulging in your favorite things - whether it's sleeping late, drinking wine, going out for a fine meal, or all of the above.  Eating a big, hearty pasta dish made with lots of olive oil and cheese is definitely something I enjoy on the weekends (especially when it involves a bottle of red wine).  This pasta dish with whole wheat fusilli, garlicky vegetables and sweet Italian chicken sausage in a fire-roasted tomato sauce should do the trick. 

I roasted the vegetables first with olive oil (I used zucchini here), garlic and salt and pepper until soft. In a sautè pan cook the chicken sausage in olive oil until browned.  Add a spoonful of tomato paste, a can of chopped fire-roasted tomatoes (they have much more flavor than regular canned tomatoes, perfect for quick cooking) and a pinch of crushed red pepper.  Add the vegetables, and let simmer for a couple of minutes then toss in the cooked pasta.  Top with freshly grated Pecorino cheese.   

And no weekend would be complete without brunch. I love serving up bagels and lox with cream cheese, lemon and lots of fresh dill.

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The Hungry Yuppies, Annie and Rich, are a young couple from CT who are self-proclaimed foodies. Annie is the chef, and Rich is her willing taste tester. Juggling a full time job in the city wasn't going to get in the way of Annie's love for cooking. It's about eating well whether you have just 30 minutes on a Monday night, or all day on a rainy Sunday.