Spicy Sausage Cavatappi
By now I am certain you can tell that I'm currently based out of Italy. So what better first recipe to post that one with some spicy Italian sausage? While I have enjoyed eating out all over Italy, every now and then it can be fun to roll up your sleeves, open the fridge, and make a home cooked meal.
And if that Italian sausage comes along with some spicy pasta sauce, what else could it be other than a match made in heaven?! Well enough talking for now... Check out the recipe:
- 2 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
- half of a yellow onion, minced
- 2.5 lbs spicy Italian sausage (casings removed - just the ground meat)
- 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 lbs. Cavatappi pasta
- 2 - 17.5 ounce bottles of Barilla'a Arrabbiata sauce
- Trentino cheese and parsley or basil for topping (optional)
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add in onion - saute for 4 minutes or so, until golden.
- Add the ground sausage and pepper. When the sausage is fully cooked, add in 2 bottles of Barilla's Arrabbiata pasta sauce*.
- Add in salt simmer for 8-10 minutes while the pasta is cooking.
- Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain. Pour remaining olive oil into pasta and toss.
- Combine the pasta, the sauce, and garnish to finish
*Can't find Arrabbiata sauce in your local grocery store? No worries! Create a little piece of Italy in your own house!
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 4 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil - chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 (14 ½ ounce) can peeled tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons choped fresh parsley
- Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes.
- Stir in wine, sugar, basil, red pepper, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, black pepper and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer uncovered about 10 minutes.
- Stir in parsley. Mix with cooked sausage and pour over finished Cavatappi.
While I am no expert on creating Italian cuisine, I must say that this dish will satisfy your hunger cravings. And as with any healthy diet, don't forget to make a balanced meal! This dish goes well with a fresh green salad, steamed asparagus, or fruit salad dessert! For a dinner with friends or family I recommend paring the meal with chilled sparkling water or a nice red wine.