Jambasta

February 2006
Jambasta

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For my dad: My dad is from Louisiana. This is a combination of jambalaya—a local dish—and pasta, which he developed a love for with all of us Italians in the house!

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • Salt
  • 1 pound penne rigate
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), 2 turns of the pan
  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage, casings removed and meat diced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 poblano chile, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs from the heart, with greens, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beer (about two-thirds of a bottle)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Franks RedHot or Tabasco (eyeball it)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, diced
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (eyeball it)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt, then add the pasta, cook until al dente and drain.
  2. While the pasta works, heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, and the sausage and brown for about 4 minutes to render the fat and crisp the sausage. Transfer the sausage to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add the butter, garlic, chile, bell pepper, celery and onion to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the flour and cook for 2 minutes, then whisk in the beer and cook until it evaporates, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, tomatoes, hot sauce and thyme. Bring the liquid to a bubble and stir in the chicken and shrimp. Cover and cook for 7 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and the shrimp are opaque and firm. Stir in the cream and add the pasta. Ladle up the jambasta and top with the scallions and the reserved crispy andouille sausage.
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