Sausage and Radicchio Orecchiette

TOTAL TIME: 32 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 27 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 handful walnuts, hand crushed
  • 2 cups orecchiette
  • 1/2 head radicchio, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for seasoning
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Directions

Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Once hot, add the onion and the sausages and using a wooden spoon, break up the sausages into small pieces as you brown them. Add the mint and bay leaves and continue to cook.

Once the sausage is golden brown, add the wine to the pan, and stir away, let the alcohol evaporate, then lower the flame and season with salt and pepper. Add the walnuts and let the sauce slowly simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions for al dente.

When ready to serve, add the radicchio to the sauce, and stir well. Cook's Note: You want to wait until the last minute to make sure that it stays crunchy, as opposed to wilted and cooked down.

Add the cooked pasta and toss. Add some grated Parmesan, to taste. Serve immediately.

Buon Appetito!

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  • on April 15, 2014

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    Only change I made is that I didn't have the fresh bay leaf or mint. (but I agree with another poster that it must have been sage and not mint. Mint just doesn't go with this dish...) So I used some fresh basil instead.

    Followed exactly - used good sweet sausage that my grocery store sells already out of the casing. Saved a little pasta water.

    Everyone loved this - and I will certainly make it again. Good enough for company - but super easy for a weeknight meal.

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  • on March 30, 2014

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    I really love this recipe. I sometimes finding orchietta is a challenge, but it's so good. I also like the radicchio, but may try it with spinach or kale next time. We add more garlic because we love garlic. I also reserve some of the pasta water and add to pasta if it needs more sauce.

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  • on February 09, 2014

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    It was totally delicious! I added collard green and had to substitute the pasta. I used whole wheat bow tie. It was easy and great. Thank you for sharing.

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