Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce

Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes

Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce

In  August 2011 I went to Italy for a little holiday and in that occasion I went to Suzzara, a lovely town near the city of Mantova. Suzzara is very close to the river Po, on the border between Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna regions. It goes without saying that people leaving in the Suzzara area, from the culinary point of view, enjoy the best from both the regions! Good wine, excellent salame Mantovano, any type of filled pasta (tortelli, tortelloni, cappelletti etc.) and probably the best stews in the world.
I always remember when I was a little boy, going fishing in that area with my uncle. After fishing, we always stopped in some trattoria and asked for the local speciality; donkey stew. Wow, I have never had a better stew than that in my life. The leftovers from the stew are finely trimmed and added to various sauces, to top pasta, or added to a filling to make tortelli, ravioli etc.
The sauce I am going to present just now, can be made in two ways; you can use stewed donkey meat (not likely!) or sausage (I have used Italian sausage). It is a very easy recipe to make and unbelievably tasty. Now, let’s cook! 
Note: for the vegetarian version of this dish, don’t use the sausage and cook for a little less time.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 650 kcal

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Ingredients
 

  • 400 grams (14 oz) Maccheroni 
  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 200 grams (7 oz) Italian sausage
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz) White wine
  • 1 tbs Tomato purée
  • 400 grams (14 oz) Borlotti beans (canned)
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning

Instructions

  • Rinse the beans and set them aside.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Roughly chop the onion and the carrot. Put them into a food processor, blender, mixer, whatever you have to chop them very finely.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Finely chop the onion and the carrot.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • This is what you should get.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Remove the casing of the sausage.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Chop the sausage using a large cooks knife.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Put the olive oil into a sauce pan and heat it over medium heat.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • When the oil is hot, add the onion/carrot mix.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Sweat the onion/carrot mix for 3-4 minutes.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Then, add the sausage into the pan. When you add the sausage into the pan, try to break it further, using your fingers, so that it falls into the pan in as many small pieces as possible.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Stir with a wooden spoon and at the same time use the spoon to break the sausage down in small pieces in case you still have some big lumps. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, regularly stirring. If you think that the sausage starts sticking to the bottom of the pan or is getting burnt, then you can decrease the heat or go to the next step immediately.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Add one third of the white wine (50 ml – approx. 3 tablespoons) into the pan and let cook for another 3-4 minutes, regularly stirring.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Then, add the tomato purée and stir to evenly spread it in the sauce.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Turn the heat to low and cover with a lid, leaving one side of the lid slightly open. We need to cook the sauce for about 40 minutes, so it is important that you stir every now and then, and that you check that the sauce does not stick to the bottom of the pan or get too dry or burnt.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • If the sauce gets too dry, add a bit of the white wine you have left (I would say another 50 ml – approx. 3 tablespoons), cover with the lid (as shown in the previous picture) and keep cooking. Do not pour all the wine you have, because the sauce would become to liquid; just keep some of the wine for later, in case the sauce gets too dry; you may end up using it for the sauce or drink it. 
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • 10 minutes before you reach the 40 minutes cooking time, check the seasoning. Add salt according to taste.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Then, season with black pepper.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Complete the 40 minutes cooking time, leaving one side of the lid slightly open.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • After the 40 minutes have passed, you can now add the Borlotti beans into the pan.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Give it a good stir and cook without lid for about 10-15. This way we will bring the sauce to the right consistency, not too liquid, not too dry.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Meanwhile, boil the pasta according to the instructions given on the packet. Remember to cook the pasta “al dente” and to use 10 g (1/3 ounce) salt for each litre (4 1/8 cups) of boiling water.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • When the pasta is ready, drain it and put it back into the big pan you have used to boil it. Add the sauce into the pan.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Give it a good stir.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
  • Serve with a generous sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. A good glass of bodied red wine is the ideal accompaniment to this dish.
    Maccheroni with sausage and beans sauce | Pasta recipes
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Nutrition

Calories: 650kcal
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By Federico

Federico Pezzaioli is an ex-badass Italian Paratrooper on a mission - to make creating delicious authentic Italian food really easy. He researches, writes and photographs each recipe with the same attention to detail he used to apply to packing his parachute.

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