Welcome back to our culinary journey playing with a fusion recipe! My Sausage and Giardiniera Pasta was a brainstorm of having made to much giardiniera. I decided that the giardiniera would add a lot of flavor and it is Italian in origin. This innovative recipe boasts a homemade giardiniera sauce that adds a tangy cheese kick to the pasta, while the sous vide turkey sausage brings a juicy and savory spice to the dish.Jump to Recipe
Giardinierais a flavorful condiment that has a rich and diverse history, primarily rooted in Italian and Italian-American culinary traditions. This pickled vegetable mixture is characterized by its tangy and slightly spicy flavor, making it a beloved addition to various dishes. Here’s a brief history of giardiniera:
1. Italian Origins: Giardiniera, which means “from the garden” or “gardener’s salad” in Italian, traces its origins back to Italy. It was initially created as a way to preserve surplus vegetables during the summer months when they were abundant.
2. Regional Variations: Italy is known for its diverse regional cuisines, and giardiniera is no exception. Different regions have their own variations of this condiment, with the choice of vegetables and spice levels varying widely. For example, in Southern Italy, giardiniera often includes cauliflower, carrots, and celery, while Northern Italian versions might feature more peppers – my version is more Southern and the recipe can be found HERE
3. Italian-American Influence: Giardiniera gained popularity among Italian immigrants who brought their culinary traditions to the United States. Italian-American communities, especially in cities like Chicago, played a significant role in popularizing this condiment. In Chicago, giardiniera is closely associated with Italian beef sandwiches and it is so good says this lifelong Chicagoan.
4. Versatile Use: Giardiniera is prized for its versatility. It can be used in sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, and as a topping for hot dogs, sausages, and burgers. Its tangy and slightly spicy kick adds a delightful contrast to various dishes.
DIY Turkey Sausage
I have wanted to make my own sausage before. I did begin with ground turkey but I made my own spice mix to season the sausage. The kicker for this recipe was using a sous vide to solidify the sausage instead of using a casing. Pretty simple – I wrapped the sausage in plastic wrap, and then, vacuum sealed it before using the sous vide.
Grab your fork and savor the unique blend of flavors as you enjoy the creamy and tangy homemade giardiniera sauce, perfectly paired with the succulent sous vide turkey sausage.
Building the fusion pasta.
The Sausage and Giardiniera Pasta plated
Sausage & Giardiniera Pasta
My Sausage and Giardiniera Pasta is the creation of having too much giardiniera in the fridge and making my own sausage.
- 2 Whole Turkey Italian Sausages diced
- 1 1/2 Cups Giardiniera see notes for recipe link
- 1 Lb GF pasta
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan shredded
The recipe looks super easy when you see only 4 ingredients. That is deceptive. I made the sausages weeks before and took them out of the freezer. I also had made the giardiniera a week or two before.
Boil water in a double boiler with kosher salt. Once boiling, cook the gluten free pasta according to package instructions. When al dente, lift up the top basket and hold over the water.
First, brown the diced sausage. That will take about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate. Add the giardiniera to the pan and heat for 1 – 2 minutes. Add back in the pasta with a ladle full of pasta water. Add in the cheese and the sausage. Mix well. After mixing, adjust the sauce level by adding more pasta water if desired.
Serve and enjoy!
Giardiniera recipe – https://www.feedyoursoul2.com/diy-giardiniera/