Friday, February 19, 2010

Please Fix My Hard Drive Pasta

I had a hard drive issue last weekend, you can read the complete story here. One of my favorite go-to dishes for things like begging friends to help me with technological traumas or making dinner for my boyfriend's roommates while he is away is this pasta dish. It takes some time, but the actual in the kitchen effort is quite minimal. It's also something that's easy to do in someone else's kitchen, as there aren't too many tools involved, and the ingredients are easy enough that someone else can pick them up for you. Are you catching my drift? This dish is simple and it totally rocks.

Please Fix My Hard Drive Pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 yellow onions
3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage
1/2 pound hot Italian sausage
1/3 cup white wine
1 28-oz can of whole tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pound pasta (I like to use fettucine or linguine for this sauce)
Fresh Basil (a large bunch)
Freshly grated parmesan

1. Dice onion. Set a wide, heavy pan or pot on the stove, medium heat. Add olive oil and once hot, onion. Saute, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent, about 8 minutes.
2. Mince garlic. Add to onions. Add salt and pepper. Stir.
3. Cut open sausages and remove the meat from the casing. Add meat to the pan, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Allow to brown, turning only occasionally, about 10 minutes.
4. Pour in wine and let reduce for a minute or two. Add the can of tomatoes and bring to a boil.
5. Let boil for one minute, then turn it down to a simmer. Add paprika and cinnamon.
6. Simmer for as long as you can, at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Make pasta as instructed on the box, and add it to the sauce when almost al dente. Let it finish cooking in the sauce, and serve with plenty of basil (julienned) and parmesan.

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