Orecchiette with Chorizo and Sage
1 pound orecchiette pasta
1 pound chorizo sausage
1 large white onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
8-10 large fresh sage leaves
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 cup red wine
braised spinach (I am braising with a little bacon and bacon fat)
Heat a large, heavy pot or deep sauté pan over medium high heat. Drizzle in a little olive oil. Slit the chorizo sausage in half lengthwise and crumble the meat out of the casings into the pan. Cook until browned – about 8 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and turn the heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions have softened. Mince half the sage and add too.
When the onion and garlic are cooked and fragrant, add the tomatoes and wine and cover. Simmer until dinner – ideally at least half an hour. Less is OK, and longer is great. The longer you cook it the more it will taste of the smoked paprika in the chorizo.
Heat another pot of water to boiling and add a teaspoon of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Cook the orecchiette for 11-13 minutes, stirring frequently to keep the pasta shapes from sticking to one another. rain and serve hot with the sauce and the greens.
Tonight I am serving with a green salad and fresh fruit compote.