Pasta, but Make It Easy

Pasta, but Make It Easy

Alterations aren’t just for clothes. Recently, I found myself in the position where 1) I desperately wanted some Pasta Alla Norcina from my favorite Italian restaurant, Tortino, 2) I didn’t feel like going in to the city for dinner and 3) after looking up the recipe, realized I didn’t have any black truffles in the house. Yeah, like you keep those on hand (rolls eyes). The only other option was to make the dish with a few substitutions. 

I didn’t use traditional Italian pork sausage from Umbria-Italian turkey sausage from the grocery store would have to do. Shout out to Shady Brook Farms! I also omitted the garlic, which I’m normally a fan of, but it makes cuddling with my husband “difficult”.

One resource that I’ve come to really appreciate in times like this are the comments under a recipe. I looked at about five different versions of Pasta Alla Norcina and was able to figure out how to keep the same flavor profile with what I could get easily from my local grocer.

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Pasta Alla Norcina

Ingredients:

  • 3 sweet Italian turkey sausage links, 3 spicy Italian Sausage Links
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 Cup of White Wine
  • 1 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup pecorino cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of Fresh Parsley, chopped

Directions:

  1. Remove turkey sausage from casings, and cook thoroughly over medium heat, breaking up the meat with a large wooden spoon or spatula as it cooks.
  2. Continue browning the sausage, then add in the EVOO and diced onion. Cook until the onions have started to soften and the sausage is fully cooked-no pink areas should be visible.
  3. Add in the white wine, and cook for a few minutes until the wine has began to cook off and the amount has reduced by half.
  4. Add in the heavy whipping cream, and season with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium low and continue cooking the sauce for about 10 minutes.
  6. Let the sauce simmer while you cook your pasta (I used cavatappi).
  7. Before draining the pasta, remove one cup of water from the pot and add it to the cream sauce. Drain pasta and set aside. 
  8. Plate your pasta and sprinkle some parsley on top, then enjoy!

 

Burgers (But Not Really)

Burgers (But Not Really)