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Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
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Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Leeks, and Fontina

Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Leeks, and Fontina

(We followed reviewer's suggestions to cut amount of pasta in half or make twice as much of the topping because otherwise it is too dry.)

Whole wheat pasta makes this hearty. The flavors meld and provide just enough of each element in every bite to keep you wanting more.

6 quarts water
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 pound uncooked whole wheat penne or rigatoni
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (4-ounce) link sweet Italian sausage
2 cups chopped leek
4 cups shredded Savoy cabbage (about 9 1/2 ounces)
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded fontina cheese

Bring 6 quarts water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Stir in pasta; partially cover, and return to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook 8 minutes or until pasta is almost al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain.
While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casing from the sausage. Add sausage to Dutch oven; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Add leek; cook 2 minutes or until leek is soft, stirring frequently. Add cabbage; cook 2 minutes or until cabbage wilts, stirring frequently. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, broth, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until vegetables are very tender.
Add pasta to Dutch oven, tossing well to coat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, or until pasta is al dente. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Serve immediately.
Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 2/3 cups)

CALORIES 385(21% from fat); FAT 8.9g (sat 3.2g,mono 3.8g,poly 1.2g); PROTEIN 17.3g; CHOLESTEROL 18mg; CALCIUM 119mg; SODIUM 658mg; FIBER 8.3g; IRON 3.8mg; CARBOHYDRATE 64.3g
Lidia Bastianich
Cooking Light, DECEMBER 2004 La Cucina di Lidia (Lidia's Italian Kitchen), Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen, Lidia's Family Table

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