Photos and text by KARA DiCAMILLO/ecoRI.org News contributor
My mom has always been a good cook and an equally great baker. Each night,
she cooked for our family — besides our Friday night “Pizza Nights” — and
the four of us sat at our kitchen table and enjoyed dinner together.
discussed our days, our friends, our plans, and looking back I truly cherish
those dinner hours, even if I was forced to eat the ratatouille. It’s a routine
that many families don’t have the opportunity to share these days because we
all are so busy.
I truly believe that food connects people. Whether it’s through our heritage
or our favorite flavors, food tells a story and so many memories are made over
a delicious meal. If you don’t have the opportunity to eat with your family
each night, try just one or two nights a week. Better yet, cook together.
Our family has grown over the years, and even though it’s definitely a bit
hectic at times in my parent’s kitchen, we all still sit down at the table
together. We chat over dinner — sometimes all at the same time — and
enjoy each other’s company and a glass of wine. Those are the best
This recipe is an easy one and you can make it within a half-hour. It’s
perfect for your next family night and the leftovers are even more flavorful.
Cabbage & Sausage Ragout with
3 tablespoons of olive oil
Quarter pound of Italian sausage
Quarter cup of onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
Half head of cabbage, cut into strips
Freshly cracked pepper
1 16-ounce can of diced tomatoes, with liquid
Half-pound of farfalle (you could use penne, fusilli or ziti as well)
Parmesan cheese, grated
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the farfalle. Cook until
the pasta is al dente and drain. Once you add the pasta to the pot, heat 1
tablespoon of the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat and add the
sausage. Break the sausage up with a spoon and cook until it’s browned. Add the
onion and garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
Add the cabbage, salt, pepper and the additional olive oil, and sauté. Once
the cabbage is tender, about 3 minutes, add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for about a minute to blend the flavors and then add the pasta to the
skillet and mix together. Transfer to pasta bowls and sprinkle with the
parmesan cheese. Enjoy.