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Sausage Festoni Pasta – Ribbed for your Pleasure


Is that festoni in your pants or are you just happy to see me?!  Festoni pasta has such a intricate shape…folds upon folds of noodley goodness.  Paired with a creamy ground sausage sauce that gets stuck in every crevice, this is the pasta equivalent of an orgasm. Strap in and get ready for a mouthwatering experience!!

1 lb dried festoni pasta
1 T olive oil
1 T butter
1 large onion (chopped)
4 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
1 c dry white wine (ex: pinot grigio)
1/2 lb ground mild pork sausage
1/2 lb ground hot pork sausage
2 c heavy cream
4 T fresh parsley (chopped)
salt and pepper
2/3 c fresh Parmesan cheese (shaved)

1. Boil salted water and add pasta when ready.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil and butter in a large saucepan and add the onion and garlic.  Caramelize on low for 15-20 minutes, stirring often.
3. Add wine, mild and hot ground sausage to the mix and cook gently for 10-12 minutes.
4. Stir in the cream and parsley, then simmer until the sauce thickens.
5. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the flavors to infuse for 5 minutes.
6. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Toss sauce with pasta and sprinkle with shaved Parmesan cheese.

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