Bucatini with Italian Sausage & Marinara Sauce

So simple, so satisfying: Top this week’s bucatini with our housemade sauce and cooked and crumbled Italian sausage.

Ingredients:
1 pound bucatini
1 pound Italian sausage
Nonna Pat’s Marinara Sauce
1 tablespoon butter
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Grana-style cheese
4 tablespoons micro basil

Method:
1. Cook the bucatini for 5-7 minutes in a pot of heavily salted water until al dente, or just cooked through with a bit of bite left. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water, and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, cook the Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium-high until no longer pink, breaking into bite-sized pieces with a spoon. Add in cooked pasta, 1 tablespoon butter and marinara sauce, tossing to combine thoroughly. Serve with a grated Grana-style cheese and a sprinkling of micro basil.

Sun-Ripened Recipes

No matter how you pronounce it, the word ‘tomato’ practically sings of summer, as well it should, as the vine-ripened beauties are now hitting their strides here in mid-summer. This week’s box pays homage to the ripe, juicy heirloom tomato with a bevy of complementary ingredients like fresh, locally-made bucatini pasta, Italian Rustica bread and bright herbs and edible flowers, plus summery produce like color-rich beets, fennel, salad greens, apricots and Goumi berries. So, uncork a bottle of wine and enjoy these bright and beautiful summer favorites.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Fresh Bucatini Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes & Basil
Using top-notch olive oil and authentic Grana-style cheese are key to this dish’s success.

Heirloom Tomato & Grilled Bread Panzanella
The beauty of this summery salad is in its simplicity: Be sure to use good-quality olive oil and season generously!

Grilled Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette
In addition to salad greens, this bright and robust dressing is wonderful tossed with pasta salad, or drizzled over steamed or grilled artichokes.

Shaved Fennel Salad with Golden Beets, Raspberries & Grana Cheese
Tossed with a raspberry-honey vinaigrette, this showpiece salad boasts beautiful color.

Grilled Glazed Carrots
Brushed with a sweet-tart glaze, these grilled carrots are sure to wow.

Broccoli with Vin Cotto
Coated in a balsamic vinegar glaze, this garlic-flecked broccoli makes for a lovely supper side.

First Days of Spring Recipes

We did it: Winter has waned and spring is officially here. In such a tough and challenging time, we are extra thankful for the longer daylight hours, offshoots of green and peeks of sunshine this year, as well as the bright spring ingredients included in this week’s lineup—think: micro arugula, pea shoots, leeks and Cosmic Queen Oyster mushrooms. Complemented by locally-crafted bucatini pasta, Pain au Levain bread and our Nonna Pat’s signature tomato sauce, plus Grana-style cheese, blueberry jam and salad-ready Italian vinaigrette, this box is a fitting welcome to the season.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Pea Shoot & Micro Arugula Salad with Radishes & Hazelnuts
This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery greens and radishes and sweet pea shoots.

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms
Roasting these mushrooms in the oven lends rich, concentrated flavor—delicious!

Sautéed Leeks & Oyster Mushrooms
Gently tossed with butter, this beautiful side dish brings out the mellow, sweet flavors of these two spring favorites.

Baby Red Potato ‘Homefries’
These creamy, rustic potatoes are flecked with fresh parsley for freshness and red pepper flakes for heat.

Roasted Beets with Raspberry Vinegar
Kissed with notes of raspberry and orange, these beets are truly fantastic!

Mustard Greens Pesto
Brilliantly green, this mustard green pesto packs a bit of a kick and pairs beautifully with roasted turnips or potatoes!

Cozy Up Recipes

February continues to chill the bones, so warm yourself body and soul this week with a pasta night starring locally-crafted bucatini pasta kissed with earthy Shiitake mushrooms and homegrown Swiss chard, as well as our signature garlic confit and Grana-style cheese. Also included in this cozy and comforting box: Fresh Challah bread, seasonal favorites such as Seckel pears and Cara Cara oranges, and two snacks fit for Oscar night—certified-organic black popcorn and chocolate coated almonds.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Bucatini Pasta with Sautéed Red Swiss Chard & Shiitake Mushrooms
Finished with garlic confit and a grating of Grana-style cheese, this wintery pasta is incredibly cozy and satisfying.

Challah Bread French Toast
This lovely and light French toast is wonderful topped with maple syrup, confectioners’ sugar or Cara Cara orange compote (see recipe!).

Cara Cara Orange Compote
Tart, sweet and lively with bright citrus flavor, this compote is excellent on French toast.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Grana Cheese
This versatile recipe works with any number of squash—Butternut, Delicata, Acorn or Sweet Dumpling.

Slow-Roasted Ginger-Lime Carrots
These flavorful carrots from Jennifer Perillo’s Homemade with Love cookbook are wonderful served hot, at room temperature and even cold.

Whole-Poached Seckel Pears
These petite little pears are the perfect sweet bite, poached in just a little sugar and cinnamon.

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