It is official! I will be going to Italy!
This has always been a dream of mine. When I was in grammar school, I had a friend who would go there every year. She always wanted me to go with her. She is my best friend to this day. We have done a lot together but I never got the chance to go to Italy. Then my husband surprised me at Christmas with this trip. Now it is official because now we have booked it!
We have never done anything this huge before. You see my husband hasn't been in the best of health for years. I don't talk about it much. It has been a long hard road. Knowing we are both taking this trip together truly feels like a dream.
I worry about the walking he will do but he is determined to live his life even through the pain he has.
We have been planning and searching for what we would like to do there and finally decided to take a tour for 13 days.
There are so many things I want to experience while I am there. Being 100% Italian, I am excited to eat the food!! Pasta, pizza, seafood, cheeses, bread, gellato! YUM
and go to the wine vineyards and taste the wonderful fruits of the land.
These thoughts made me so hungry. So I decided to spend the day in the kitchen making a favorite of mine and my family. Smoked Turkey Veggie Pasta.
This recipe makes a lot and it is great to bring to a picnic. With the summer holidays approaching, this one is a delicious dish to share.
I need to start learning some Italian! I only know a few words and most are bad words! (Don't judge! I grew up in an Italian household!)
And because of that....I can share some awesome recipes with you! Some I have shared are Linguine and Shrimp and Pesto to name a few.
Smoked Turkey Veggie Pasta
11/2-2lbs of fettuccine
1/2lb of fresh broccoli cut into florets
2 medium zucchinis sliced thin
6-8 green onions thinly sliced
1 large red pepper cut in thin strips
1 6oz can pitted olives sliced and drained
4c of cooked smoked turkey cubed
2c cherry tomatoes
2/3c grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 c basil chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1T wine vinegar
11/2 c olive oil
1/2 c sour cream
Fill pot with water and add salt (enough to make it salty) when it comes to a boil add pasta. Cook 10min or until al dente. ( a little firm) drain and place in a large bowl.
Add all vegetables and stir. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Make Basil Sauce in a food processor. This is made like a dressing. Combine basil and garlic and process for 30 seconds. Add egg and next 4 ingredients. Process 20 seconds. While running add oil slowly. Add sour cream and process for 5 seconds. Add to hot pasta and serve. This is great cold too! You can adjust recipe to taste.