Lentil and Sausage Cottage Pie ~ posted by Lorna

You can use real sausages or vegetarian.

  • Preheat the oven to hot
  • Boil seven medium sized peeled potatoes.
  • Meanwhile simmer puy/brown lentils until soft
  • Meanwhile fry two or three onions on a medium heat until transparent
  • Fry a couple of sausages per person
  • Mix all the ingredients except the potatoes and add your favourite seasoning/stock cube/ gravy until it resembles a ‘ground beef’ consistency
  • Lay this mixture at the base of your largest casserole dish
  • Mash the potatoes, add a teaspoon of salt, and spread these over the top
  • Fluff the potatoes up with a fork and sprinkle on some parmesan cheese and add blobs of butter
  • Put in the oven until the top looks nicely browned

DH or yourself can add pepper/ chilli sauce at the plate

Olive Garden Toscana Soup ~ posted by momee


2 3/4 c. chicken broth (I use the cheap base from Sam’s – comes in a tub like butter)
1/4 c Heavy Whipping Cream – use the rest for whipped cream
1 med. russet potato – I always put in two
2 c. chopped kale (the ends are fine to use too, gives it some substance)
1/2 lb. spicy Italian Sausage – mild or spicy, both are yummy
1/4 tsp salt – I leave this out
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper – I definitely leave this out
grill/saute sausage cut into 1 inch slices (cut after you grill it or you’re left with a mess)
combine stock and cream over med. heat
slice and quarter potatos
add that and kale and spices
simmer till you’re ready for it (appx. one hour)
then before serving add sausage and heat

Needleroozer’s Sausage and Cauliflower One-Skillet Meal

Papa first had this in a little hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant in the Sumner area over 20 years ago. We have since taken it over.

In the largest skillet you have (mine is 13 inches across), cook your favorite Italian sausages (hot and spicy, or chicken apple,or ?), about 1 per person, more if a hearty eater or growing teens are involved.

When they are halfway done, add a bit of olive oil, (or I use 3 to 4 homemade chicken-broth-frozen-in-ice-cube-tray cubes that Papa makes for me), half an onion sliced thin, and a couple of whole garlic cloves.
After about 5 minutes, add a head of cauliflower (depends on size, in some cases you might want a half or 3/4), cut into medium sized pieces (2 inches, approx). Brown the cauliflower on all sides, then cook till the veggies are just tender when pierced with a fork. This takes about 10 to 15 minutes on med to med-low, depending on your stove. You can cover it to speed the cooking of the cauliflower, but it won’t get as crispy brown. When the sausages are done, you can either take them out, or move them to the edges of the pan. The cauliflower browns nicely, and the onions get all carmelized. Season with a little salt and pepper, and oregano if desired. Serve with pasta, rice, or our fave, spaghetti squash and homemade pesto.

This is the basic recipe, but we modify it to use whatever we have. It is very good with kalamata or regular olives, sun-dried tomatoes added near the end, zucchini or chayotte squash, etc. We also have made it with about 2 whole heads of garlic and some shallots. Yum!

What could be better than a one skillet meal?! You can also do this w/out the sausage if you don’t do them, and you can also use chicken breast cut into pieces, but I like it the best with sausages.