Fusilli with Spicy Chicken Sausage, Tomato, and Ricotta Cheese

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 25m

Serves 4

Hearty and comforting, this pasta makes a great meal for a cold winter evening. If you like, replace the hot sausages with mild ones, or use turkey sausage instead.
WINE RECOMMENDATION:
The acidity of the tomato and spiciness of the sausage are best suited to a red wine with soft tannin and good acidity. Try a sangiovese from Tuscany such as Chianti Classico or Rosso di Montalcino or look for a version from California.

ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound hot chicken sausages
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
  • Pinch dried red-pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 pound fusilli
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese

directions

In a large, deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove the sausage and, when it is cool enough to handle, cut it into 1/4-inch slices. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from the pan.

Reduce the heat to moderately low. Add the onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds longer.

Add the wine and bring to a simmer. Add the sausage, tomatoes, water, rosemary, red-pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the fusilli until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain and toss with the sauce, the ricotta, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 1567

nutrition information per serving

576 calories; 27g total fat; 132mg cholesterol; 1469mg sodium; 51g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 28g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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