ramblings from my little kitchen


is perhaps my favorite thing to eat, next to anything made with chocolate and peanut butter.  This I managed to whip up in a few minutes and it was really good!

Campanelle with Cheesy Turkey Sausage


1/2 pound campanelle pasta

1 tbs olive oil

1tsp fennel seed

1/4tsp ground sage

1/2 tsp fresh thyme

1/2 pound lean ground turkey

salt and pepper

2 tbs butter

2 tbs flour

1 cup whole milk

1/2-3/4 cup shredded gruyere cheese

fresh parsley to garnish



Start by boiling 6+ cups of salted water.  Once to a boil, add campanelle and cook for 8 minutes until al dente.  Meanwhile, put olive oil in pan over medium-high heat and add ground turkey, sprinkle in all spices (1/4tsp salt and pepper, also).  Saute until cooked through.  Set sausage aside.  Using the same pan, put butter in and cook over medium heat until melted.  Sprinkle flour over butter and immediately start stirring.  Cook for a few minutes to get rid of the raw flour taste.  Some people say you need to scald the milk before adding it to the butter-flour mix, but I never do because I hate needlessly dirtying things.  So, add the milk (warm or straight from the fridge) and stir until the mix begins to thicken.  Add the shredded cheese and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir until a uniform cheesy consistency has formed.   Put sausage in with cheese mixture and stir in pasta noodles.  Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with yummy french bread.

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