My apologies for the hiatus last week–traveling for work and for the holiday kind of messed up my whole schedule. I’m back this week with one of my all time favorite pasta dishes.
The base of this pasta is totally dairy free so I just omit the parmesan at the end for my allergies. It’s a little rich and indulgent though with the wine and italian sausage, so it’s a dish that I really like to break out for when we have guests over or on a special date night.
I don’t use a garlic press. Simply place the garlic clove on your cutting board and smash with the flat side of a large chef’s knife. The skins will easily peel off and you can smash it again to begin mincing the garlic.
I used a chardonnay in the actual pasta dish–aaand then I opened a nice Italian full bodied red (Sangiovese) to drink. Full disclosure, I had opened this chardonnay to drink with a different dish and didn’t love the taste. It’s a bit too oaky for my taste, but works well in the actual dish.
Ross testing the Chardonnay?
I prefer to pair a red wine with this dish because it works well with the tomatoes, garlic, peppers and italian sausage. You could drink a really light white wine like a Pinot Grigio if you prefer white, but if you can’t tell by now, my preference is red. I don’t normally gravitate toward Italian wines, but I really enjoyed this one. It was a nice, bold Sangiovese with hints of red berry, anise, and black cherry.
There are a few foods that we ate growing up that I have since tried changing to make them “my own” as an adult. Spaghetti (recipe coming soon), meatloaf, and pork chops all stand out as great examples. This also happens to be one of Lyle’s favorite meals and i’m 70% sure that it at least semi-influenced his desire to propose…seriously.
Today’s recipe post is a bit longer than the traditional weekday recipe. I would recommend that you start this on a weekend as part of your meal prep, but honestly, you could easily throw it into your crockpot in the morning and have dinner on the table within 30 minutes of arriving home after work.
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