I was perusing the web in search for an easy yet different pasta sauce and I found this recipe from Michael Chiarello--who I don't mind watching on TV once in-a-while. This is a pretty good sauce if you like spicy foods. I left the seed on one jalapeno and took out the seeds and ribs from the second one and it was still fiery, yet delicious. Also, I think any pasta will be great with this, but I sort of like penne rigatte with this sauce.
INGREDIENTS (8 servings)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound spicy Italian sausage links
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced garlic
- 2 jalapeno chiles, thinly sliced with seeds and ribs (remove the seeds and ribs if you don't want it spicy)
- 1 cup lightly packed, torn fresh basil leaves
- 1 (28-ounce) whole tomatoes, pureed with their juices
- kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the sausages and enough water to come about half way up the sausages. Cover, reduce the heat to medium low, and cook until done, about 10 minutes. Remove the lid and allow the water to evaporate. The sausages will then fry in their oil when water evaporates. Remove the sausages from the saucepan and drain them on paper towels. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the saucepan.
Add the sliced garlic and chiles and cook until the garlic begins to brown, about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add the basil and cook for 15 seconds, then add the tomato puree. Simmer the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Cut the sausage links in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces, creating half-moons. Return the sausages to the saucepan and heat through. Serve over your favorite pasta.