2 pounds of turkey sausage, remove meat from its casing and break into small bits
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
10 eggs, scrambled at room temperature
4 ounces of grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 pound of whole wheat shell macaroni
2 heads of broccoli
Serves 6 to 8 people
Using a large frying pan, put in the sausage, garlic and fry on medium heat.
Whilst this is cooking, start boiling the water for the macaroni. Once water has boiled, add the macaroni and cook per pack instructions.
When the sausage is done, pour out the grease and hold meat until the macaroni is done cooking. In addition, sauté the broccoli florets while the macaroni is finishing cooking.
When finished, drain and put the pasta back into the pot on low heat. Then, add in the sausage and broccoli, stir in the scrambled eggs, stir until eggs are cooked (soft), remove from heat and let set with the lid on for a few minutes.
Place in a serving dish and top with Romano cheese.
The Story Behind The Recipe:
This recipe has been submitted by Katie Vannozzi, a health student from Towson University, USA. Katie and her classmates recently came to Australia and met with the FoodFaith team before submitting recipes that had cultural and family significance to them. With the UN International Youth Day this weekend, we thought it was the perfect time to share this. Katie's story is below and a wonderful reminder of the power of food through the generations.
'This dish symbolises the time that my family spent together when I was growing up. Whenever my family would drive to the Jersey shore to see my grandparents, we could always count on this dish being on the table. It has a lot of meaning to me because there are countless memories of my family spending monumental time creating memories around this dish.
Whenever we would eat this dish, it would be after a long summer day out on the boat in the ocean, followed by a night playing card games until exhaustion. My grandfather taught me how to make this dish when I was in middle school, and every so often I will make it for my family when I am on break from college. In terms of “health” attributes, the original dish is not very healthy but it is in the way of social relationships.
This dish brought together my family and acted as a symbol of our time, and as a group we grew and bonded each time this dish was present. There are positive associations with this dish that I hope to pass onto my family when the time is right, just wiht a slightly healthier version.'