I’m having a moment with carbs. Well, if you consider a month long time frame a moment then that’s really the gist of it. Today this Ricotta and Sausage Pasta is front stage and it’s a winner!
Anytime you combine pasta, sausage, a white wine and butter sauce and some sort of cheese it’s basically a guaranteed success am I right? There really isn’t anything bad that could come of that combination – rather it’s just a bowl of everything you ever wanted in life.
By now, it’s a well known fact that for the first 17 years of my life I lived on pasta and grilled cheese. Not much has changed, as I’m pretty sure I’d be just fine if that were the case now. But I like to mix things up every once in a while and jazz up my staples. And if you’re living in a pasta-centric house like me, I can promise you that you’ll love this easy pasta dinner!
Ricotta and Sausage Pasta
- 1 lb Pappardelle pasta
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound Italian fennel sausage casings removed
- 1 fennel bulb cored and julienned
- 2 leeks halved, trimmed, white parts only, and sliced
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 shallot diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup fresh ricotta
- 1/4 cup torn fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- To make the sauce, heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Break the sausage into small pieces and add to the pan along with the fennel and leeks. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to continue to break up the sausage into bite sized pieces. Add the wine, shallots, garlic and thyme. Cook until the wine is reduced by about half, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and butter and continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes until the liquid has reduced by half.
- While the sauce is reducing, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Add the pasta water and the pasta to the sauté pan with the sauce. Toss until the sauce coats the pasta, about 30 seconds.
- Transfer to a large serving bowl, top with dollops of the ricotta and the parsley and toss to combine.
- Sprinkle the Parmesan on top and serve.