When it comes to southern Italian food, this is a very traditional dish. It's usually made with delicious Italian pork sausage and regular pasta. It's not the kind of thing you want to eat when you're trying to eat light or just healthier. But when you substitute turkey sausage for the pork sausage and when you use whole wheat pasta instead of regular pasta, this dish can be very healthy. There's a lot of great whole wheat pastas out there that not only are high in fiber, but are high in protein. Barilla Plus pasta is very high in protein because it contains legumes - specifically, lentil and chickpea flours. Bell peppers are incredibly healthy - they are high in fiber and contain more Vitamin C than an orange.
"Seize the moment. Think of all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart." - Erma Bombeck
I had to start you off with that quote so you would feel better about this post. This is real indulgence. My husband and kids love these ice cream sandwiches. You can make these with store bought italian pizzelle cookies, but it's so fun to actually make the cookies yourself. Pizzelle cookies can be made in any flavor and shaped when still warm, allowing you to make little waffle dishes or cones. But my guys' favorite way to eat them is to smear them with their beloved Nutella, cut slices of ice cream and make a sandwich out of them. Of course, you can also just eat them alone, as a cookie, but what fun is that?
I just finished reading Marcella Hazan's recently released autobiography, "Amacord". We all know Marcella Hazan as the Queen of Italian cooking but when she and her husband, Victor, first moved to the United States, she wasn't much of a cook. As a newlywed in a foreign country, she poured her efforts into learning how to cook so that Victor, who came home for lunch every day from work, would be pleased. Needless to say, over the years she became quite a cook. She started giving small cooking classes out of her apartment and one day she received a call from a reporter at the New York Times. She didn't know who he was. He wanted to come over and interview her, but the times he suggested were always in the middle of the day when Victor came home for lunch, so she just invited the reporter over for lunch one day. The reporter was Craig Claiborne and the lunch Marcella served knocked his socks off. This was back in 1970 and her authentic Italian cooking was anything but the usual spaghetti and meatball fare everyone knew at that time as Italian cuisine. She served a lunch of Roman style artichokes, tortelloni stuffed with swiss chard, prosciutto and ricotta, veal rolls stuffed with parmesan and pancetta, fennel salad and a dessert of marinated orange slices. To this day, she said she doesn't think she could improve on that lunch. It was classic.