Creamy Pasta with Sausage – Gramigna alla salsiccia

This recipe is really called Gramigna alla salsiccia, and it is a typical pasta dish from Emilia Romagna. It is such an easy dish to throw together and it’s what I would call comfort food. It’s a warm savory creamy dish that leaves you wanting seconds. Gramigna is a more difficult pasta shape to find and even in Italy you can’t always find it in every grocery store. For example, in Poggibonsi, a Tuscan town, they don’t sell it; probably because it’s not Tuscan!

So I’m calling it “Creamy Pasta with Sausage” so that it’ll be more accessible to everyone. You can substitute with any pasta shape but I would recommend cavatappi or cappelletti. I made this for my family over the Thanksgiving holiday and it was a hit!  

Creamy Pasta with Sausage
Serves 4
Easy delicious pasta dish
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1lb cavatappi pasta
  2. 1 3/4 cup heavy cream
  3. 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  4. 1/2 pound sausage
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. salt
  7. pepper
  8. parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring water to boil for the pasta. Cook pasta according to package instructions, draining the pasta 2 minutes earlier.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium heat. Crumble the sausage into the pan, (don't add the casing) and cook until browned. Add 4 Tbsp of tomato paste and mix together. Then add 1 3/4 cup heavy cream and stir together, add a dash of salt and pepper, then remove from heat.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it, and add the pasta to the large sauce pan. Put pan with the sauce and pasta back on medium heat and cook for 2 minutes, stirring until well mixed. Top with parmesan cheese and pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. Sausage: Look for plain sausage without any additives such as spices.
  2. Remember to add salt to the pasta water once boiling
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