Midday Fix: Repurposing Memorial Day Leftovers

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Chef William Lara, Chef of the Chop Shop

Chop Shop

2033 W. North Avenue Chicago IL 60647

– Chicago’s only restaurant/bar, butcher shop AND concert venue!



Pasta Primavera with Grilled Vegetables and Sausage


3 small zucchinis (thinly sliced strips)

2 small summer yellow squash (chopped into small pieces)

1 yellow bell pepper (cut into thin strips)

1 orange bell pepper (cut into thin strips)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 ears corn (husked and silk removed, grilled. Will remove kernels for this ‘leftover’ dish)

1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes (halved)

1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs

1 tablespoon fresh basil (minced)

1 lb penne pasta

1/2 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese

salt & pepper to taste

1 lb Chop Shop caprese sausage (or Italian sausage)



  1. In a small bowl, toss the zucchini, peppers and squash with garlic, oil, dried herb, salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat medium skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil. Heat for 2 min, then add zucchini, peppers & squash.
  3. *For Already Grilled Veggies (leftovers) - toss all of the vegetables with the oil, salt, pepper, and dried herbs to coat. Transfer the vegetable mixture to a heavy large baking sheet and arrange evenly over the baking sheets. Bake in a 350 degree oven until the veggies are tender and the vegetables begin to brown, stirring after the first 10 minutes, about 20 minutes total. *OR* Arrange the veggies in a grill pan and reheat until warmed through.
  4. Add corn to skillet, tossing mixture for 1 min and then turn off skillet heat.
  5. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  6. Take the previously grilled Caprese or Italian Sausage and cut into oblong circle slices. Heat on medium skillet with olive oil with tomatoes for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Toss veggies into hot cooked penne pasta and add sausage & tomatoes and basil.
  8. Serve pasta with veggies and sausage in medium bowl.
  9. Shave fresh parmesan onto top of pasta and season with salt & pepper to taste.
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