Sunday, October 2, 2011

Linguine with Sausage and Sicilian Sauce

I just saw on the weather channel that the fall leaves are already turning in Vermont.  They look beautiful.  I've always wanted to go somewhere during this time of year to see the leaves change in to the vibrant golds and reds.  We don't get much in the way of color here in LA. 

Also, being that we are having an Indian Summer, cause it HOT doesn't even feel like fall!

But I'm longing for it.

So as promised here is a great recipe using the Sicilian Sauce I posted a few days ago.  This is a quick weeknight dish that you can just throw together.  I certainly suggest making the sauce in advance and using it in different ways during the week, pizza, calzones, stuffed shells, and this great Linguine with Sausage and Sicilian Sauce

This is a hearty dish...great for fall.  The sauce is fresh with tomatoes and a kick of heat.  The sausage gives it the meaty flavor and great seasoning.  So I'm just going to sit her and pretend that it's cool outside while I eat my pasta!

Here's the recipe for the Sicilian Sauce, and the Sicilian Seasoning.  You will need those on hand, already made to make this super quick dish.

First up, boil a large pot of water.  Add salt for seasoning once it's boiled.  Then add your linguine.

Cook for about 11 minutes until al dente.

Meanwhile take your Italian sausage and place it in a hot skillet on medium and cook, turning until sausage is brown and cooked through.  About 6-8 minutes.  I chose a hot Italian turkey sausage for this dish, cause I wanted it spicy to compliment the sauce.  Chicken or pork sausage is a great choice as well.

Remove the sausage to a cutting board.  Cut the sausage on the bias in bite sized pieces.

Return the sausage to the skillet and add the Sicilian Sauce.  Stir and simmer for 2 min.
Drain your pasta and reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta water.  Place the pasta in the skillet and toss to coat.  If the sauce is too thick for you this is where you can add a little of the reserved pasta water to loosen it up a bit.  Use your judgement and go slowly with the water.

Serve the pasta along with the sausage and the sauce.  Here you have it... a warm, hearty meal!

Looks tasty!

Warm, and comforting...

Sigh...fall is coming...

Linguine with Sausage and Sicilian Sauce

Serves 4

1 lb linguine
4 Italian sausage links, hot or sweet
2 ½ c. Sicilian Sauce
1 T parsley, for garnish

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add salt to season the water.  Add linguine and cook until al dente, about 11 minutes. 

Meanwhile, in a large skillet of medium heat, cook sausage links until brown on all sides and cooked through.  About 6 – 8 minutes total.  Remove from skillet to a cutting board.

Slice sausage on a bias in to bite sized pieces.

Add sausage back to the skillet, add your Sicilian sauce. Simmer for 2-3 min.

Drain your pasta, reserving ½ cup of pasta water.  Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and stir around to cover with sauce and mix sausage in.  Cook until everything is heated through, about 2 min.  Add a little pasta water if the Sicilian sauce is thick. 

Serve pasta with sauce and sausage.  Sprinkle parsley over the top for garnish.

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