Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pasta with Sausage, Cream and Cheese

I was ready to have leftover  split pea soup (made with ham hocks, naturally) for dinner before I came across this recipe. John kindly bought ingredients, and we had a rich, flavorful dinner. Next time: more blue cheese (we could hardly taste it, even after tripling the amount in the recipe). This would also be a good one-pot meal with a bunch of spinach or other leafy greens added. Tweaked version below.
  • 8 oz. pasta
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 oz. sweet Italian sausage, cut into 1 in. lengths (6 oz. in original)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed basil, chopped (oregano in the original)
  • 1-1/2 oz. blue cheese (1/2 oz in the original)
  • 1/4 cup half and half (cream in the original)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated, for garnish  (a treat, as we didn't have Parmesan handy)
Bring lots of salted water to a boil and cook pasta till done. Reserve a half cup or so of pasta water.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and brown, about 5-10 minutes.

Add wine, turn to high, and reduce for about 2 minutes. Add herbs, blue cheese and cream, cooking till the cheese is melted and the liquid has begun to thicken.

Mix with the pasta, adding pasta water or additional cheese till a nice, saucy consistency has been reached. Serve, passing around Parmigiano-Reggiano/Parmesan to garnish.

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