Sunday, March 14, 2010

Noodle Zuider Zee!!!

How many times have we said "Trust us...this is soooo good?"

Certainly, you trust us by now and know that we will not lead you astray when it comes to matters in the kitchen. This recipe is no exception. In fact, it may be the biggest surprise yet!

My younger sister and her husband used to work for Boystown in Omaha, Nebraska where they were Family-Teachers to eight teenage girls. Many of the young ladies had rarely sat down to a table for a family supper. They were most accustomed to boxed meals, pop tarts, and hot-dog casseroles. Amy and Eric were more than happy to change that for them. They introduced the girls to many wonderful nutritious and hearty meals, but have always marveled at the fact that this recipe was the most requested dish.

The ingredients are few, but well chosen. Each one adds it's own flare and plays very well with the others. The flavor is unique, surprising, and us!

Noodle Zuider Zee

One Pound Sausage
8 Cups Finely Sliced or Shredded Cabbage
One Apple, diced
8 Ounces Spaghetti
1/2 Cup Water
One Teaspoon Salt
Dash of Pepper

Brown sausage in skillet, stirring to separate into small pieces. Pour off any drippings in excess of 1/4 cup. Add cabbage, apple, water, salt and pepper; cover and simmer until cabbage is just crisp and tender. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti and drain in colander. Add noodles to cabbage, apple, and sausage mixture. Stir together. Heat together.

Serve happily!

Note: I've used several different types of sausage for this recipe and the type of sausage used is crucial to the flavor. If you're going to use turkey sausage be certain it is seasoned well because it needs to be flavorful. Our family has used seasoned hamburger also and it works, but it definitely gives the dish a different tone.

Second Note: I usually add an additional apple. I choose a Fuji or Jonagold or Honeycrisp and then I throw in a Granny Smith for giggles.


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