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Creative Angels: Recipe and craft of the Week

NOTE: Barbara Stevenson continues to need recipes and craft ideas to pass along to the parish through the weekly email messages. You can send your submissions to Barbara at

Jennifer Christman has been busy during Pandemic time. As she’s moving through her activities, she has been cooking! She has shared this tasty recipe for us all to enjoy!

Sausage and Peppers Pasta with Broccoli

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 lb sweet Italian pork sausage, casings removed

  • 1 lb broccoli, cut into 1 1/2” florets (about 4c)

  • 2 med yellow peppers (12 oz), cored and seeded and thinly sliced (about 2 1/2 c)

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • Kosher salt and pepper

  • 1 lb rigatoni

  • 1/2 c grated Parmesan (2oz), more for serving

  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)

  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

  1. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in large non stick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 min. Scrape the mixture into a medium bowl.

  2. Add remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil, the broccoli, peppers and garlic to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook stirring often until they soften and begin to brown, about 8 min.

  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of salted water to al dente. Reserve 1 cup cooking water and drain the pasta.

  4. Return the pasta and reserved cooking water to the pot over low heat. Add the broccoli mixture, cooked sausage and its accumulated juices, 1/2 cup Parmesan, the lemon juice and red pepper flakes. Stir vigorously until liquid is slightly thickened and saucy, about 2 min. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Serve the pasta with additional Parmesan for sprinkling on top. Serves 4.

Then, how about a special project to preserve those recipes your friends request? You can make a recipe remembrance plate, easily, for those meaningful gifts!

Recipe Remembrance Plate

  • 1 ceramic plate

  • 1 Sharpie marker

Write your recipe on the plate with the marker. (You can draw lines on the plate with pencil to guide your writing. The pencil marks can be removed after the marker is dry with a barely damp q-tip ). Set your oven to 425 degrees. Put the plate in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. At the end of the 35 minutes, turn the oven off, but leave the plate in the oven until the plate is totally cool. Remove the plate from the oven! This plate can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher.

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