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I took this recipe out of The Classic Pasta Cookbook by Giuliano Hazan. This is a wonderful tasting sauce that you are sure to enjoy with any pasta choice
- 1 lb macaroni (or your favorite tube pasta)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 lb mild Italian pork sausage, crumbled
- 1 1⁄2 cups whole canned tomatoes, with their juice,coarsely chopped
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons freshly torn basil leaves
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over a medium high heat.
- Add the onion and cook until it softens and turns a rich golden color Add the sausage and break it up with a wooden spoon.
- cook until the sausage has browned lightly Stir in the tomatoes, season lightly with salt and black pepper (bearing in mind that there will be salt and pepper in the sausage) and continue cooking until the tomatoes have reduced and separated from the butter and sausage fat.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.
- Meanwhile, cook your pasta.
- When the pasta is almost done, return the skillet with the sauce to a medium heat and add the ricotta and basil, mixing them in evenly.
- When the pasta is cooked al dente, drain it and toss it with the sauce, adding the grated cheese.
- Serve at once.
This was very, very good. We loved the flavor of the sauce. I used penne rigate and hot italian sausage, which gave the sauce a nice bite. It was very simple to prepare and we are looking forward to having those great leftovers. Thanks Tish, I'll be making this often.