Baked seashells with artisan cheeses, mustard and fresh cream with spring onions, grape tomatoes and bits of spicy sausage..
Conchiglie al Formaggio
1 1/2 cups conchiglie pasta, cooked and drained
1-2 spring onions, sliced or 1/2 yellow onion, diced
1-2 spicy cooking sausages (such as Spanish chorizo), sliced
1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup cheese (Manchego, Parmesan, etc.), grated
1 cup fresh whole milk, more-or-less
1 cup fresh cream
1 pastured egg
3 tablespoons grass-fed cultured butter, divided
2 tablespoons sprouted wheat flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
1/8 cup fresh oregano, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and mustard and cook, stirring continuously until smooth, about 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in cream and stir until combined, then thin with milk until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Add cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit, then whisk in the egg and set aside.
Quickly brown sausage and onions in a heavy skillet over medium high heat until some of the fat has rendered, then add tomatoes and cook until softened. Drain any excess grease, then fold into the cheese sauce along with the parsley and oregano. Fold in pasta and adjust taste with salt and pepper.
Turn pasta mixture into a buttered casserole, then top with fresh bread crumbs and bake in a 375 degree oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve with a green salad and a glass of Pinot Grigio if desired.
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