As you may have noticed from the lack of posts on this blog the last few weeks, I have been very busy of late. When I don't have time to cook, I usually fall into a boring routine of eating leftovers and takeout meals, but I do keep a few super simple recipes up my sleeve that take so little time and make such use of pantry and freezer staples that I have little excuse not to cook when pressed for time. This pasta dish falls right into that category: store-bought fresh cavatelli (okay, maybe that's not such a pantry staple) tossed in a sausage and sage butter sauce. The recipe, adapted from The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, which has quickly become a favorite of mine for simple recipes like this one, takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and you'd never know it because it's so full of flavor.
Cavatelli Sausage & Browned Sage Butter
Adapted from The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual
- 1 lb. hot Italian sausage links
- 7 tablespoons butter
- 10 sage leaves
- pepper, to taste
- 1 lb. fresh cavatelli
- 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
- 1/2 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, place the sausages in a large saute pan. Fill the pan with enough water to come half way up the sausage links. Heat the pan over medium heat and cook for 10 minutes. Turn the sausages and cook on the other side for 5 minutes. Remove the sausages from the pan and slice into 1/2 inch slices. Set the sausage aside.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-high heat in a clean saute pan. Add the sausage slices and let them cook, undisturbed, until they are well browned on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the sausage slices and brown the other side, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the sausage slices with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Return the pan to the burner and add the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter, pepper, and sage leaves to the pan. Stir the butter with a wooden spoon, scraping the bottom of the pan to dislodge any brown bits. Let cook until it is well browned, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, while the butter sauce is browning, place the cavatelli into the boiling water and cook until al dente.
- Drain the pasta and add it to the butter. Stir in the sausage and Pecorino Romano cheese and serve immediately, topping each serving with a pinch of the chopped parsley.