Small Family Farm CSA

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Small Family CSA Farm

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S 2958 W. Salem Ridge Road
La Farge, Wisconsin  54639

Farm Phone: 1-608-625-4178
Jillian Varney, Organic Farmer

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4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons bleached all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 5 ounces)
2 pounds sweet Italian fennel sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 large fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 pound dried ziti or penne
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves


Preheat the oven to 375 F. Generously butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter.

Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and let foam, stirring constantly, without browning the flour, for about 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk 1/2 cup at a time, and season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, the pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer, whisking often, and cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 cup of the grated cheese. Remove from the heat, cover, and keep warm.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until just browned, about 4 minutes. Add the fennel and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Meanwhile, bring 1 gallon water and the remaining
2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Add the ziti and cook, stirring occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking together, until just al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain, then return to the pot.

Toss the pasta with the olive oil. Add the sausage mixture, the cream sauce, and basil and mix well.

Spread the pasta in the prepared dish and sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup cheese. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings