Italian Sausage w/ Gemelli pasta

Try this easy Italian Sausage with Gemelli pasta recipe! I created this recipe from scratch. The original recipe used Gemelli pasta, which is not featured in the photo. I used a Rotini pasta for this recipe, which worked really well. You can use any type of pasta for this recipe, but make sure to use pasta with ridges. This helps to keep the sauce on the pasta, especially if the sauce is not thick. For thicker sauces, you can use any type of pasta with or without ridges. This recipe calls for hot Italian sausage, but if you do not like spicy food, then use a mild or sweet sausage. 

You will need the following for this dish:

  • 1 lb. Gemelli Pasta (or any pasta with ridges)
  • 1 lb. Spicy Italian Sausage (can use mild or sweet sausage)
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1 15oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 3 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Optional: Red Pepper Flakes

To serve: Plate the sauce mixture on top of the pasta. You can add additional heat to the dish by adding a few red pepper flakes and/ or some Parmesan Cheese. Lastly, chop up some parsley and place on top of the sauce.

To prepare this dish, start by boiling the water for the pasta and cook according to the package.While the pasta is cooking, add the olive oil in a large sauce pan or skillet. Add the chopped onions and cook on low to medium heat for about 5 minutes. The onions should start to soften and look more transparent. Make sure to not cook on high heat as you do not want the onions to caramelize. Chop the sausage, about 1/2 inch in thickness. Add them to the same pan and continue to cook with the onions until the sausage browns. Add the can of crushed tomatoes, along with the water. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Simmer for about 20 minutes to allow all the flavors to meld. 

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