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christmas italian sausage spaghetti

December 3, 2008


This was named by me because the ingredients look like Christmas:  green spinach, parsley and basil, and red peppers and tomatoes.  Get it!?! 

I have a real thing for Italian sausage from Little Italy Foods (discovered at the Italian Centre Shop), so I had some of the mild stuff sitting in my freezer.  I’ve made this with it, this, this and this, and was on the prowl for something new.  So I mashed together three recipes so it longer resembled the originals, and voila. 

God this was good.  Chock full of peppers, rendered sweet by soft simmering, flavourful pork Italian sausage and yes, whipping cream.  Not much can go wrong with a recipe containing whipping cream.

Christmas Italian Sausage Spaghetti

4 pieces of pancetta, cut very small
6 mild Italian sausages, casings removed (what fun!)
3 multi coloured peppers, diced
5 leaves spinach, torn into bite size pieces
1/4 cup chopped red onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tomatoes, diced
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
4 Tablespoons chopped basil leaves
black pepper
grated Parmesan cheese

In a large frying pan, cook the pancetta and reserve the fat.  Add the sausage meat and cook for 10 minutes, breaking the meat up the entire time.  Remove to a plate and set aside.

In the pancetta fat, add the peppers, onion, spinach and garlic.  Cook for ten minutes.  Add the whipping cream and simmer for five minutes until thickened.  Stir in reserved sausage and bacon and warm through.  Add the tomatoes, parsley, basil and pepper.  Cook for another 15 minutes.

In the meantime, cook the spaghetti until al dente.  Mix everything together in a big pasta bowl and add grated Parmesan on top. 

Ella made these huge croutons and we served them alongside the spaghetti.    We ate it while watching Stephen Harper say nothing at all on the television set.  He looked like he needed a big sandwich and nice hot bubble bath.

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 6, 2008 2:02 pm

    Sort of like a puttanesca with cream.

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