3-4 Italian-style spicy sausages
6tbsp fresh breadcrumbs (or Sacla’ Garlic & Herb
Pangrattato if you don’t have time to make your own)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
a little olive oil
3tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
250g pack Sacla’ fresh Orecchiette
1 pack Sacla’ Cherry Tomato & Wild Garlic Pasta Sauce
(or any other Sacla’ pasta sauce of your choice)
extra virgin olive oil, to serve
Cook: 15 – 30 mins
First of all, fry or grill the sausages until cooked through.
Let them cool slightly, then slice them quite thinly, but not so they fall apart. Toss the breadcrumbs and garlic in a little olive oil (around 1tbsp), then quickly fry until lightly browned and crispy. drain on kitchen paper then mix with the parsley and set aside.
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta for 7 to 8 minutes or until just tender. Gently heat the pour-over sauce. drain the pasta, return to the pan and mix with the sauce and the sausages, with a good grinding of black pepper. divide between 2 or 3 bowls, scatter over the crumbs and a drizzle of oil.
Pair it with…
Villa Maria Cellar Selection
Pinot Noir 2009
Majestic £11.59 (two bottle price)
The Olympics are just a fortnight away, and UK Sport is expecting 48 medals for Team GB, and privately hope for as many as perhaps 70. Here’s a New Zealand quality red with which, glass in hand in front of the television, to toast GB victories or to offer elegant consolation if the medals go elsewhere.
Pinot Noir from New Zealand is acknowledged to reach world-class. This comes from Marlborough, South Island, the country’s celebrated pioneer wine-producing area. Delicious soft red berry flavours flow up from the nose. On the palate, held in refreshing medium body, those red berry fruits, now more cherry, are encountered, alongside delicate oak tannins, which marry in to an invigorating crispness. This is not a wine that encourages drowsiness: it’s Alcohol by Vol. is just under 14%. The finish is clean with some delicacy. As with many Pinot Noirs, it can also be served lightly chilled, to be remembered if the UK has an (I think to be unexpected) heat wave at the Olympics. An excellent aperitif, versatile with food: when an event is climaxing, say, cold chicken or, sausage, cold, or out of the oven.
Superb with duck or rabbit.