Linguica Cacciatore-So yummy!!

I’m in love with linguica! And pasta, of course but let’s talk about linguica.  If you don’t know anything about linguica, where have you been?  And where do you live?  I’m fortunate to live in an area with a huge Portuguese population…my husband and kids are from Portuguese descent. So, yes, I cook some Portuguese meals and the cuisine has had a huge influence in my cooking.  I often substitute linguica for Italian sausage in many recipes.  Cacciatore is one of those recipes where linguica shines when substituted for Italian sausage or chicken.

Luckily when I present my cooking classes for the Council on Aging, the audience shares my appreciation for linguica (and most of what I cook, especially since they are eating it for lunch)! This recipe with a simple salad is easy and delicious!  I hope you make and enjoy this meal.  You can view my complete What’s Linda Cooking show for Linguica Cacciatore by clicking on the link.  Enjoy!

Linguica Cacciatore

1 lb linguica
2 tbs olive oil
1 onion sliced
1 red pepper sliced
1 green pepper sliced
8 ounces mushrooms sliced
4 garlic cloves minced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato puree
1 cup beef stock
1 can tomato paste
Sweet basil to taste
Salt & pepper to taste
Sugar if needed
2 bay leaves
1 lb pasta – penne is best, I think
Parmesan cheese for serving
In large skillet saute onions, peppers and mushrooms and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes.  Slice linguine into 1 inch pieces and add to pan.  Add tomatoes, puree, stock, paste and seasonings.  Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Boil pasta in water until al dente.  Drain.. Add cacciatore mixture over pasta and serve with parmesan cheese.
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