Pasta with Sausage Cream Sauce

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Pasta with Sausage Cream Sauce

Pasta coated in a rich, creamy sauce with Parmesan cheese and nicely browned and crusted Italian sausage equals comfort food in a bowl. This meal is irresistible and perfect for enjoying by the fire on a cold autumn night.

Pasta with Sausage Cream Sauce

I used cavatappi, but you could also use penne, fusilli, or orecchiette (which is the one I really wanted to use but couldn’t find.)

Pasta with Sausage Cream Sauce

I used a pound of bulk mild Italian sausage, but you could use hot Italian sausage instead. For cooking the sausage I used a method I learned from Cook’s Illustrated. Ordinarily if you sauté Italian sausage and break it apart as it cooks, by the time you develop some nice browning on it, the sausage becomes a little dry and chewy.

But if you sprinkle some baking soda on it, let it sit for a few minutes, then cook it in a big patty so you can get a nice sear on each side without overcooking it, it stays fabulously tender. Take it out of the pan while still undercooked, chop it into bite-sized pieces and let it finish cooking in the cream sauce. Delicious!

Pasta with Sausage Cream Sauce

 

Pasta with Sausage Cream Sauce
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound sweet or mild Italian sausage
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 small sweet or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces pasta cooked until al dente, reserve ½ cup cooking liquid
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle both sides of sausage with baking soda and shape into a large hamburger patty about ½ to ¾-inch thick. Let sit 10 minutes.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Place sausage on a plate or cutting board and cut into ¼-inch pieces. Transfer sausage to a bowl and add cream. Set aside.
  3. If there is more than 1½ tablespoons of grease in skillet, discard excess. Add onion to skillet and cook over medium heat until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  5. Add wine and cook until reduced in half.
  6. Add sausage/cream mixture and simmer 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Add nutmeg, parsley, and Parmesan. Remove from heat and stir until cheese is melted. If sauce is too thick, add some reserved cooking liquid.
  8. Toss sauce with pasta and serve.

 

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20 thoughts on “Pasta with Sausage Cream Sauce

  1. I totally agree with you… this recipe is a comfort food in a bowl. Absolutely perfect for fall by the fire on a cold week night.I have some Italian sausage in my refrigerator, so I already know what I will be make with them soon
    😉

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