Do you need a warm comfort meal on a cold winter day? Or a quick, hearty dinner to come home to after cheering a high school basketball team to victory? (My family is nodding their heads to both.) A bowl of Spicy Sausage Pasta will warm you up inside and refuel the hungry athletes and fans in your life.
Sausage: Saute the spicy Italian sausage until no pink remains. You can use bulk spicy sausage or sausage in casings (remove sausage from casings before using). If spicy isn’t your thing at all, you can use mild sausage or even ground beef.
Garlic: Add your minced garlic and saute for just 1 minute. If you saute garlic too long, it will burn and develop a bitter flavor.
Oregano: fresh herbs are always tastier than dried herbs; however, feel free to dash in some dried oregano if that’s what you have on hand.
Wine: Here’s where you’re going to add even more flavor. Choose red wine that you’d like to drink with dinner because this recipe only calls for 1/2 cup, and you’ll have the rest of the bottle leftover.
Tomatoes: For the tomatoes, you can add any 28 ounce can of diced, pureed, or whole tomatoes with juice. I prefer to use San Marzano tomatoes from Italy for their fresh tomato taste. I buy the whole tomatoes in a can and pour them along with the tomato juice into the pan then use my kitchen scissors to cut them into small pieces.
Simmering: simmer on low for 15 minutes. If you are rushed and don’t have time to let the sauce simmer, it will still taste great. Simmering just helps develop the flavors and makes the sauce a little thicker.
Pasta: I used fusilli pasta, I prefer a smaller noodle with this sauce such as fusilli, rigatoni, or penne, but any kind of pasta will work. Serve the sauce over the pasta and top with Parmesan or Dubliner cheese.
Bursting with the taste of fresh tomatoes, the sauce gets depth of flavor from red wine and balsamic vinegar. The heat of the spicy sausage is balanced with a splash of cream. Whether you need a quick meal that will please a crowd or fill hungry boys after their first win of the basketball season, Spicy Sausage Pasta is the recipe for you.
Twin Foodie Review: This dish takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. I served it with a salad on the side. Every delicious bite was devoured. I will add this recipe to my list of favorites!