Saturday, November 9, 2013

Italian Drunken Noodles

Delicious!  Simply delicious and such a beautiful dish!  This pasta has Italian sausage, bell peppers, tomatoes, and wine.  It is so flavorful and just a really different pasta dish.  Its very easy to make and the perfect entertaining meal. 

Italian Drunken Noodles
via Easy Cookbook Recipes

Olive oil
4 spicy Italian sausage links, casings removed
1 large onion, quartered and sliced thinly
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
½ cup white white (I used Chardonnay)
1 (28 ounce) can stewed tomatoes with juice

8 ounces Pappardelle noodles, uncooked (I used fettuccine)

3 tablespoons butter

Prepare the noodles according to package directions.

Place a large, heavy-bottom pot over medium-high heat; add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and once the oil is hot, crumble the spicy Italian sausage into the pan in small chunks, allowing it to brown; once the crumbled sausage is browned, remove it from the pan/pot with a slotted spoon and place into a small bowl to hold for a moment.

Add the sliced onion into the pan with the sausage drippings, and allow it to caramelize and become golden for roughly 5 minutes or so, stirring to keep it from burning (add a touch more olive oil, if necessary); once the onion starts to become golden, add the salt, Italian seasoning and cracked black pepper, and stir to combine.

Add in the sliced bell peppers, and allow those to saute with the onion for about 2 minutes until slightly tender and golden; next, add in the garlic, and once it becomes aromatic

Add in the white wine and allow it to reduce for a few moments, until almost completely reduced.

Add in the stewed tomatoes with their juice, and return the browned spicy Italian sausage back into the pan, and gently fold the mixture to combine; allow it to gently simmer for about 3-4 minutes to blend the flavors, then turn the heat off; to finish the sauce, drizzle a bit of the olive oil to create a silky, rich flavor.

Next add the cooked noodles & the butter to the sauce and stir until butter is melted and all is combined.  Taste and season accordingly with salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, parsley, etc.  The sauce will thicken as it sits and really become more flavorful!  Add a bit of red pepper flakes for even more spice.

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