There's hopefully no judgement here so I feel comfortable in sharing yet another dish that includes an adult beverage. I found this meal on Pinterest (shocker) and was immediately salivating; it looked really delicious.
I have a process for making new dishes. Before I decide yes or no on a recipe, I always read it over first and make sure I'm comfortable with the ingredients and procedures. If not, I try to educate myself so that I can fully understand what I'm doing. I also like doing this so I can then go back and edit the recipe to my liking. I thought this recipe was pretty straightforward with the ingredients and procedure. I made a small edit but nothing out of control.
The ingredients, though they seemed easy at first glance, actually presented a little issue when I started grocery shopping. The problem you ask? The pappardelle noodles. I could not find them anywhere. Apparently, they can be very difficult to find. I found that you can definitely find them in Italian specialty markets. After the fact, I realized I should've call my friends over at the Saucy Sicilian for a little advice, but you know what they say, hindsight is 20/20. At any rate, when I'm presented with a problem in the kitchen, I think of plan B: rigatoni.
Alright so here's your starting lineup (minus a few basic seasonings):
- bell peppers (red & orange)
- white wine (I used sauvignon blanc)
- noodles (I used rigatoni)
- diced tomatoes
- sausage (I used chicken sausage)
Grab a pot, drizzle with olive oil and heat it up. Add crumbled sausage to the pot and brown on all sides. Once browned, remove from the pan and set it aside. Use a slotted spoon to remove the sausage; you'll want to use the sausage drippings for sauteing the rest of the ingredients.
Once sausage is removed, add the onions in the pot (with the sausage drippings) and cook for about five minutes. When the onion is cooked add your dry seasonings: salt, pepper and Italian seasonings. Then add the sliced bell peppers and after a couple of minutes, add the garlic. This will smell awesome.
Now...here's the fun part. Add the wine and pour yourself a glass. I did. While enjoying your glass of wine, let the wine mixture reduce with the onions and peppers for a few moments. When it is almost completely reduced, add the diced tomatoes including the tomato juice.
Add the sausage back to the pan and add in some chopped parsley and some julienned basil. If you don't feel like being fancy, you can just chop the basil. At this point, you may have had too much wine to try and do something new.
You can keep the sauce warm while you prepare your noodles or you can just boil the noodles while making the sauce. I did mine simultaneously. Add the cooked noodles directly in the sauce and toss. When placing the pasta in individual bowls, top with more julienned basil. As an added bonus, I added parmesan cheese. Cheese makes everything better.
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Additional Notes: The chicken sausage that I used was from Enzo's and was a sundried tomato and basil mixture. Highly recommend.
Shawanda Mason is the creator and blogger of Eat.Drink.Frolic. For recipe questions or to chat about eating, drinking or frolicking, she can be reached at email@example.com or by following her on Twitter & Instagram. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.
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