Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sausage Penne Arrabiata

Arrabiata translates as Angry! Make this dish and the reaction will be exactly the opposite!

1 package (5 links) Italian Sausage
2 medium garlic cloves minced
3 tblsp olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion diced
2 oz cans of diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (use this according to your spicy tolerance)
1/4 up of water

In a skillet over medium heat, grill up the sausage links, whole until they are browned on all sides. Remove them from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add the olive oil and let heat until it begins to smoke. Add the garlic and onions and brown, making sure not to burn the garlic (bitter garlic is not good). Add the red pepper flake and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, sauce, and water and boil over high heat. Cut the sausage links into 1/2 inch pieces on a bias. Add the sausage to the sauce, and continue to boil until the water has mostly evaporated. This should take 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the dried basil.
Serve over penne pasta, and top with Parmesan cheese. Sounds simple, and tastes complex. Enjoy!