WSVN– An Italian meal that may have your guests asking for seconds. See what a chef does with sausage, pasta and porcini mushrooms. Time to grab a Bite with Belkys.

The Chef: Claudio Sandri
The Restaurant: Ni.Do. Caffè near Miami Shores
The Dish: Orecchiette with Sausage & Porcini Mushrooms

6 oz. Orecchiette pasta
4 oz. Porcini mushrooms
4 oz. Italian sausage
1 oz. garlic, minced
1 cup heavy cream
5 oz. Mascarpone
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. Italian parsley
Parmesan for garnish

Method of Preparation:

– First, make the sauce.  Put olive oil in a hot pan, add mild Italian sausage and sauté. When it starts to brown, add sliced Porcini mushrooms and chopped garlic.  Stir well.

– Next, add Mascarpone- a kind of cream cheese. Blend it in and add heavy cream. Stir well. Let the sauce come to a boil- about 3-4 minutes to let it reduce. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir again.

– For the pasta, put fresh Orecchiette into boiling water… cook several minutes.  When it’s al dente, add it to the sauce-  stir — add chopped parsley– and it’s ready!

To Plate:
Chef Claudio plates with more fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.

Serving suggestion: Negroamaro wine

Serves:  2

Ni.Do. Caffè
11052 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33161.

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