Italian Sausage & Pasta

"A light and very delicious meal for any time of year. The balsamic vinegar and red wine make give the recipe a special taste!"
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  • Cut each sausage link in 4 pieces.
  • Place in microwave dish, sprinkle liberally with caraway seed, and cover.
  • Microwave on high 5 minutes, stir, and continue to cook until sausage is cooked through.
  • Drain liquid from sausage and set aside.
  • In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil, and sauté onion and garlic until tender.
  • Add canned tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and wine.
  • Add spices, stir, cover, and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Add sausage, stir well, cover, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta, top with Parmesan cheese.

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  1. All enjoyed this tonight. It had a rich and full flavor. I used bulk It. sausage and 28 ounces of tomatoes. Thank you Art for this wonderful recipe. It's a winner.
  2. Tried this last night and my husband and I both enjoyed it very much. I was pleasantly surprised at the additional sweetness the caraway seeds seemed to make. One question, though: After stirring the microwaved sausages (after the first 5 minutes), the recipe just says "cook until done." How long is that supposed to be? I was concerned about microwaving them too long. I did about a minute, and that seemed to work, but could have used some specifics there!
  3. This made for a great meal. I used hot Italian sausages (stovetop cooked) over penne pasta. I doubled the recipe, using 2 cans of diced tomatoes (1 regular & the other fire roasted tomatoes with garlic), I felt as though the balsamic vinegar really helped create the depth of flavor this meal had. My daughter found it to be a little too spicy (guess I should have used regular Italian sausage). My family enjoyed this , but despite the fact that it was so easy to pull together, I don't think it is something we would have a "taste" for on a regular basis (if that makes any sense). Thanks for sharing!
  4. I loved this recipe. I modified the recipe a little bit since I accidentally put in about 8oz. of wine and I noticed that the sauce was going to be too watery. To compensate for the miss, I thickened the sauce with a couple of teaspoons of tomato sauce. I also used fresh basil and left out the caraway seeds. I threw in a couple dashes of tobasco sauce (since I love it) and to get more kick, I put in quite a bit of red pepper. I also didn't have fresh garlic so just put in some garlic salt to taste. I left the sausage with the casing on which went fine.<br/><br/>Then, I used rotini for the pasta. I tasted the sauce while it was simmering and it was so flavorful. I loved the dish and will definitely make it again. It was rich with flavor and very easy to make!
  5. We really liked this recipe! I didn't have the canned diced tomato, but was able to substitute canned whole tomatoes which I cut up. Added some red pepper flakes like some reviewers suggested which gave the recipe a little extra kick. As made, sauce is thicker, which I thought worked great, but I can see if someone wanted a thinner sauce, adding some tomato sauce would work well too. Husband said this would be a great recipe for having friends over (so apparently he liked it enough to share!) LOL


  1. I have made this on various occasions, each with great results! My daughters (ages 6 and 4) even eat this without complaints. I have made it using red wine vinegar instead of the balsamic vinegar, and the only other change that I made is that I cook it in a skillet from start to finish (instead of using the microwave to cook the sausages). This is a GREAT recipe and works with all kinds of pasta, although my current preference is fettucine. Thanks for a quick, simple, and absolutely wonderful recipe!


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