Hands up if you have a hungry hockey playing, food crushing, pre-gaming superstitious man in your house (my hand is soo up up up) ! Ok so if you’re currently living or ever lived with an athlete then you know that there are some crazy game day rituals that you are forced to partake in. For example, pre-game meal and pre-game naps are crucial in this relationship. I mean, the meal has to be jam packed full of carbs and a nap means don’t breathe, don’t blink, don’t even use the bathroom. Silence. Pure silence.  This ritual has been the same for the last four hockey seasons. Todd eats the same food at the same time, before he takes nap at the same time Until one day.

On this particular January day in the south, I decided to switch things up a bit (SAY WHAT???)

Oh ya, I totally messed with tradition. I took all rituals and superstitions and threw them right out the metaphoric window (lol Lord help me).

While Todd was at morning skate I decided that on this day he would not eat 1/2 a box of spaghetti with a can of Ragu sauce and chicken! On this day, he would try something new.

Here’s the thing, I’m half Italian and half Portuguese so we can whip up some pretty good food. And by we, I mean my mom and grandmother.

So after a tiny little argument and a look of shear fright coupled with absolute shock, he devoured it! Oh yes, my superstitious little freak ate the whole thing and left nothing but an empty plate. We officially broke tradition! Safe to say my little super star had a pretty decent game that night too. One goal and an assist and I’d like to think I contributed to that!

To make this DELICIOUS + FAMOUS pasta dish you will need:

Orecchiette with Sausage and Rapini

1 pound package Orecchiette

3 TBSP Olive Oil

Shallots or sweet onion, sliced

1 Italian sausage with casing removed (mild or hot)

1 Head rapini chopped and blanched

Salt + Pepper to taste

Parmesan cheese (optional)


**Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add shallots or onion. Cook until soft (about 2-3 minutes)

** Add sausage and cook until meat is brown (about 8-10 minutes)

** Add blanched rapini. Cook another 3-5 minutes until meat is cooked through and rapini is tender.

** While meat and rapini are cooking bring large pot of water to boil, add salt and pasta. Cook until al dente!

** Drain pasta and add to skillet to combine all ingredients

** Top with parmesan cheese

Buono Appetito!

Have a fabulous weekend babes!


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