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Today's Special: Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard

Today's Special: Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard

Mustard is my all time favorite condiment. I love it so much that I've been caught snacking on fresh French bread dipped in mustard. To me mustard is more than just a condiment for hot dogs and over sized pretzels, it's a delicious flavoring that can add depth and dimension to many dishes. Soups, salad dressings, sauces, can all be jazzed up with a little mustard. When I found this recipe, I knew I had to have it for dinner tonight. Mustard in pasta? That's one I have yet to try, with basil and sausage? Sounds too good to be true. For the recipe,

Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard
From Food and Wine magazine

1 pound penne or medium shells
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 hot Italian sausages, meat removed from casings and crumbled (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons grainy mustard
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1 cup thinly sliced basil

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the sausage meat and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the wine and simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the cream, mustard and crushed red pepper and simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat, add the pasta and basil and toss to coat. Serve at once.
Join The Conversation
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
baltimoregal baltimoregal 10 years
YAY! I love mustard!! BaltimoreGal
lasiciliana lasiciliana 10 years
In my never ending search for low carb meals I made a huge discovery... a very similar meal to this except for a few substitutes: I used turkey sausage vs. regular (I sliced it vs. crumbling it) I used brussel sprouts vs. pasta Great meal! -------------------------------------------------------- ~Love the life you live, live the life you love!
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
It does look good.
Food Food 10 years
aembry396, I have not tried this and am not sure how it will work, but here is a recipe for a no-cream cream substitution made from a mixture of rice, wine, stock, and oil: Please let me know how it goes if you do make it, good luck!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Mmm, yummy! Sierra Nevada puts out three different types of mustard, they are all so good.
aembry396 aembry396 10 years
The fried okra in mustard is good...I have a lactose intolerator in my you think this can be done with a substitution for the cream? Preppy to the max!
missyp missyp 10 years
If you love mustard, then you should really try fried okra dipped in mustard. It is truly delicious.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
:DROOL: Anything pasta related I will devour.
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