Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Breakfast Pasta with Sausage and Sage

I like savory food for breakfast and I often get a bit tired of what most people consider traditional breakfast foods. In other words, some people like breakfast for dinner but I like to eat dinner for breakfast! Today I wanted to share with you a breakfast pasta that I made for my kids, because like me, they don't like muffins or pastries that much and eggs are a sometime thing, not an everyday thing. Besides serving this for breakfast, I also use Breakfast Sausage in this dish and this sauce is served with my sons' favorite pasta shape - Fusilli or corkscrews pasta. This sauce can best be describe as a cross between Sage with Brown Butter and Carbonara.  It's another Italian mashup and it is delicious!  Pork and Sage go wonderfully together and the creamy sauce made from the butter, parmesan cheese and egg yolks coats the pasta and gives it a wonderful creamy texture. This pasta dish can also be served for lunch or dinner too if you like, but for us, it's a wonderful breakfast treat that keeps breakfast from getting too routine!

Breakfast Pasta with Sausage and Sage

8 oz Fusilli Pasta (For a Gluten Free Version - use DeLallo Corn Pasta)
8 oz Breakfast Sausage (1/2 of a roll or 1/2 lb ground pork seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder)
1/2 cup minced onion (1/2 of a medium onion - I used a red onion)
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 teaspoons fresh Sage Leaves, minced or 1 teaspoon dried Sage
2 egg yolks
3 Tablespoons Cream
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese + more for serving

¼ cup Pasta Water

Boil the water for the past and be sure to add in plenty of salt. Add the pasta when the water is boiling and cook for the required time. Be sure to save 1/4 cup of the cooking water before you drain it.

In a large frying pan, put in the butter and cook until just starting to brown.  Add in the sage and cook for a few moments longer.  Pour into a small bowl and put aside.  Add the breakfast sausage and the onion into the pan.  Break the sausage into little pieces and cook until no longer pink. Stir in the butter and sage. Mix together the egg yolks, parmesan cheese and cream in a small bowl.  

Add the pasta into the frying pan and stir in the egg mixture quickly so the egg yolks don't turn into scrambled egg pieces.  Add in some of the pasta water to thin down the sauce and keep tossing. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan Cheese.

Five Element Analysis

Pasta is made from wheat, which is part of the Wood Element so that element is covered if you use traditional pasta. The Sausage adds the Water Element and the Egg Yolks bring in even more.  The Metal Element is represented by the Sage, Onions, Cream and Parmesan Cheese.  The Fire and Earth Elements are missing, so serve this dish with some Fiery and Earthy foods or beverages - things like Tea or Coffee or sweetened red berries or pastries . If you use the Corn Pasta, it adds the Earth Element but then the Wood Element is missing so orange juice or a green smoothie would b a good addition to create a Five Element balance.

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