Pasta with Spicy Sausage and Cream
This is a fabulous pasta dish from Rachel Allen’s Rachel’s Favourite Food. This I think this is one of my favourite pasta dishes ever, along with Giada’s mushroom and Marsala sauce from Everyday Italian, and Nigella’s meatball pasta from Nigella Bites. Mind you I do have a bit of a thing for chorizo sausage, so that might explain it.
The tomato sauce it a little buttery, a little creamy, garlicy, herby and as spicy as you like with the red pepper flakes. I sometimes make it without the pepper flakes and although it doesn’t give the chorizo added depth my little girl loves it too. I generally make half this amount, and it halves brilliantly. It’s a really easy recipe, and you could easily do it on a weeknight for the family, but it’s special enough for the weekend or friends too. The pasta I use in the picture is small tubes because my little one was eating it, but if it’s for adults then penne is my first choice. I did have mini penne for a while but have run out of it just now. Trip to the Italian Deli in order!
Pasta with Spicy sausage and Cream
700g ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped (or use 800g tinned tomatoes)
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp Rosemary, chopped
1 pinch fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp caster sugar
225g chorizo sausage, cut into ½cm slices
1 pinch red chilli pepper flakes
6 fl oz double cream
2 tbsp Parsley, chopped
500g penne, or use rigatoni or farfalle
50g Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 Melt the butter in a large saucepan, and add the chopped tomatoes, garlic and rosemary. Season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper and the sugar (the sugar will help bring out the sweetness of the tomatoes).
2. Cook for about five minutes, until the tomatoes have just begun to soften.
3. Add the sausage to the pan with the chilli flakes, cream and half the chopped parsley. Simmer until the mixture has reduced by half, stirring frequently about 10 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and adjust the seasoning, as necessary.
4. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water, until al dente. Drain and toss with the sauce.
5. Transfer the pasta to a large heated serving bowl and scatter with the grated Parmesan cheese and the remaining parsley. Serves 6.