Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sausage Ragu over Ziti

I love dishes with tomato sauces and there are weeks when it seems that tomato can easily make its way into each and every one of our meals. There are some dishes for which I can make a larger batch of tomato sauce, that I can then ration accordingly and refrigerate or freeze for future use. This sausage ragu came about from some tomato sauce I had saved upon making this Chicken Stuffed with Trahanas, but I also provide a quick recipe for the same sauce below.

Nothing fancy here; just a simple sauce with some sweet Italian sausage served over ziti. An ideal weeknight meal that pairs well with a green salad ... and a glass of red wine, of course.

Kali Orexi!

Sausage Ragu over Ziti

5 links of sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
Small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried Greek oregano
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups chopped tomatoes
Pinch of sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Grated kefalotyri, pecorino Romano or parmesan

1 lb. of ziti
1/3 to 1/2 cup of the pasta water (in case sauce needs to be thinned)

In a large skillet, brown the sausage over medium high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Once browned, remove the sausage to a bowl and add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet. Saute the onion until soft. Stir in the garlic, oregano and the red pepper flakes. Add the chopped tomatoes and bring to a boil. Stir in the sugar, reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Add the sausage to the sauce and simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in half the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, boil the ziti in a large pot of salted water until just cooked through. Save 1/2 cup of pasta water in case you need to thin out your sauce. Drain the pasta well. Add a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil to the pot and heat until the butter is brown and nutty. Stir in the pasta and toss to coat. Divide pasta among plates and top with the sausage ragu. Sprinkle with parsley, grated cheese and some freshly ground black pepper.


Mediterranean kiwi said...

who needs fancy food - this is great midweek fare

Anonymous said...

A delicious and comforting week night meal. You can never go wrong with pasta and sausage!

Peter G said...

Love the pasta and sausage combo! Easy and delicuious!

Laurie Constantino said...

I don't know anyone who wouldn't like this! On the subject of tomatoes, I've often wondered how the Greeks and Italians managed before tomatoes came into their lives.

Lulu Barbarian said...

Oh, this looks great! I wish I had some right now, because I'm hungry and tired! :-)

Peter M said...

I can't imagine a life without tomatoes. The ziti are perfect for this sauce, gooey cheese, tomato and some sausage even getting in the pasta.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Are italian sausages as spicy as greek ones?

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Hi Maria. This is my kind of dish. I love all things pasta. Believe it or not, I've never made it with sausage. Silly me. But I will try it. Sounds delicious.

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