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Sausage and Pepper Pasta Sauce

#Pork #Sausage and #Peppers #Sugo #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - with penne

Sausage and Pepper Pasta Sauce
Sugo ai Salsicce e Peperoni
by James Belardo

The inspiration for this recipe was obviously sausage and peppers, the classic combination of the sweet peppers and fennel sausages. Instead of sausages we often use freshly ground pork and spice it as if we were making sausages. The pancetta adds random savory bursts which help make this wondrously delicious.

Ingredients
1.5-2 lbs. ground pork or Italian-style fennel sausages
1/4 lb pancetta, cut up in little cubes
4-5 bell peppers (red, green, yellow and orange)
1 can of plum tomatoes – preferably San Marzano  (hand crushed)
1 cup White wine (pinot grigio)
1 cup Chicken stock (try our homemade version) or vegetable stock
1 onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon (freshly squeezed juice)
olive oil
2-3 bay leaves
Basil
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional
salt and pepper – to taste

Ingredients (if using ground pork instead of sausages)
1.5-2 lbs. ground pork
Fennel seeds
garlic powder
Flat-leaf parsley
salt and pepper – to taste

Pasta
Penne
Rigatoni

Topping
Grated Pecorinio Romano Cheese

Directions
1. If you’re using Italian-style fennel sausages, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, if using ground pork, mix with ingredients listed above.
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2. In a medium sized dutch oven, heat 2-3 tbsp olive oil and fry the pancetta.
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3. When the pancetta is browned toss in the onions, garlic and optional hot pepper flakes.
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4. As the onions begin to show transparency and garlic softens toss in the cut up sausages or use the pork mixture to make small, rough meatballs. Mix well and let cook for 5-10 minutes, mixing often.
#Pork #Sausage and #Peppers #Sugo #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - toss in roughly formed pork balls (or sliced sausage)

5. When the pork is cooked to your liking, you can toss in the peppers. Cover the pot and let cook, mixing occasionally.
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6. When the peppers begin to soften add 1 cup of white wine (Pinot Grigio).
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7. Let cook for about 2 minutes before adding a cup of chicken stock and the bay leaves, let return to a boil.
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8. After about 5-minutes add the hand-crushed plum tomatoes and let return to a boil once again. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 10-minutes or so.
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9. While the sauce is bubbling add basil, salt and pepper.
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10. let cook for 5-minutes or so before adding the lemon juice. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste (if needed).
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11. Cook pasta and let sauce continue to cook as well.
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12. Serve the grated Pecorino Romano cheese!
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Enjoy

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Written by Zio James

September 18, 2017 at 2:44 PM

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