Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fettuccine with Sausage and Mushrooms

This was a dish that passed my family's taste test.  It was an easy enough and delicious dish, perfect for weeknight's dinner.

Fettuccine with Sausage and Mushrooms

Serves 4

Kosher salt

12 ounces fettuccine

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

1 small onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, thinly sliced

1/2 pound sliced mixed mushrooms

2 cloves garlic, chopped

4 plum tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth

2/3 cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook as the label directs.  Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add sausage and cook, stirring, until browned, 3 minutes.  Increase the heat to high; add the onion, celery, and mushrooms and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook 1 minute.

Reduce the heat to medium high; add the tomatoes and wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes.  Add the cream and cook until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.  Stir in the parsley and reduce the heat to low.

Add the pasta to the skillet and cook, tossing, until it absorbs more of the sauce, 2 to 3 minutes.  (Add some of the reserved pasta cooking water to loosen, if needed.)  Season with salt and pepper.

Source:  Food Network Magazine, December 2012.

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