Saturday, September 26, 2009

Three Sausages Pasta

Many discoveries are out of necessities. Sometimes the condition seems so ideal that everything appears to be in the right place at the right time. All you need is some ingenuity, perhaps inspiration or even just the will to try, to do new things using your instinct, to satisfy your need. And voila! Even you will be amazed by what you can create………what you can achieve.

I have many different types of excess sausages in our freezer: Bockwurst, chicken sausage and several kinds of hotdogs. They have been sitting there for quite sometime waiting for the moment to be eaten. Then came the time when we want to eat a pasta dish. I don’t have minced beef to make Bolognese or bacon to prepare Carbonara. I could have resorted to simple Alfredo but we want something more elaborate……...more than just butter. And I thought sausage pasta would be great. After all, I have a really nice macaroni in the cupboard which could be the perfect match to the sausages in the freezer.

So I brought the macaroni out, three types of sausages and some other ingredients I thought would help bring out the best in my sausage pasta dish and started working the kitchen.

Of course the main ingredients are: 400 grams macaroni pasta to be cooked al dente following the manufacturer’s instruction and three types of sausages – bockwurst, chicken sausage and some hotdogs, sliced diagonally and then quickly stir fried in small amount of oil, about 4 cups all in all.

The macaroni is cooked in briskly boiling water with 1tbsp salt and 1 tbsp vegetable oil for about 11 minutes as directed in the package.

In addition, I also take out about 8 pcs fresh tomatoes, slightly boiled them in water, peeled and chopped to make this gorgeous plateful of goodness.

The other ingredients are as follows: 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp butter, 6 gloves garlic, peeled and minced, 2 large onions, chopped, 1 pc green bell pepper, minced, 2 pcs mild chili pepper, minced, 1 pc bay leaf, 1 tsp salt or to taste, 1 tsp ground pepper, 2 cups sweet style tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce, ½ cup fresh milk, about 1 cup pasta water, ½ cup grated cheddar cheese and 1 tbsp fresh celery or coriander, finely chopped.

In a heavy pan or wok, heat the olive oil and butter, sauté garlic followed by onion until translucent. Add in the bell pepper, mild chili pepper, bay leaf and continue sautéing for about a minute. Add salt and pepper, then the slightly fried sausages. Stir everything to blend and continue cooking. Add the tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce and simmer on low heat.

Add the fresh milk and some pasta water to adjust the sauce to right consistency. Add the grated cheese and continue simmering for another minute. For the meantime take the now cooked macaroni, drain and swirl in 1 tbsp of butter until evenly distributed. Mix this to the sauce and continue cooking. Add the coriander and stir for a minute more. You might want to take out the bay leaf at this point.

Voila, three sausages pasta. Transfer in a large platter and top with some more grated cheese and chopped coriander. Serve and enjoy. :-)

This is delicious! True! c",)

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