After the difficult early summer season, its been nice to have such beautiful days in which to enjoy fall work. Almost all of the winter squash has been clipped and brought into the barn. The yield was decent considering the weather they had to survive through early on in their life, but we did lose almost half of our crop to pests and disease early on.
The broccoli looks beautiful and is holding well with these cold nights. The recipe below is my Dad's favorite dinner to prepare and I make sure to swing by when this meal is served.
Penne with Broccoli and Sausage
1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
4 Cloves of Garlic(sliced)
1 Big head of Broccoli
4 tbs of Fennel Seeds(a key ingredient)
1 Lb of penne
1/2 Cup of Freshly Grated Parmesan
Boil a large pot of water for the pasta. Saute the garlic in half the olive oil, until browned. Remove the garlic and set aside. Place sausages in garlic oil and brown then turn heat down a little to cook through. Once pasta water is boiling throw pasta in the pot, and over this same pot steam the broccoli in a colander. While sausage is cooking break it up a bit with a wooden spoon so that there are little pieces as well as big pieces. Add steamed broccoli to sausage, drain pasta and add it to sausage and broccoli. Place into bowl and toss with fennel seed and top with fresh parmesan. Serve with a good crusty bread and a glass of red wine. Enjoy!