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Pasta alla Norcina Recipe | Authentic Italian Sausage Pasta

This pasta dish has many variants, even in Italy. This is the original, though! While many cooks commonly make it with cream today, we believe the first iteration uses a much better alternative: ricotta!


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Pasta alla Norcina Recipe | Authentic Italian Sausage Pasta


Watch the Pasta Grammar video where we make this recipe here:




Serves 2.


For this recipe, you will need:

- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

- 1 clove garlic, peeled

- 1/4 white onion, diced

- 1 large Italian sausage

- 1/8 cup (30ml) dry white wine

- 5.5 oz. (160g) penne pasta

- Salt

- 3/4 cup (200g) ricotta

- Grated pecorino cheese to taste


Put a medium pot of water on to boil. As it comes up to temp, begin the sauce.


Place the olive oil, garlic and onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is tender and slightly transparent. Meanwhile, remove and discard the skin from the sausage.


Discard the garlic clove and add the sausage meat into the pan. Crush the sausage into a fine crumble as the meat cooks. Once the sausage is browned, add the wine and bring to a simmer.



Salt the boiling water generously and add the pasta. Set a timer for 3 minutes less than the recommended "al dente" cook time.



When the smell of alcohol has dissipated from the sauce, lower the heat and add the ricotta and a small ladleful of pasta water. Stir all together. Add grated pecorino to taste and stir that in as well. Finally, salt the sauce to taste. Be aware that the sausage will likely be heavily seasoned already so you may not need to add much!



Turn off the heat until the pasta has finished boiling.


When the pasta is ready, use a slotted spoon to transfer it into the sauce. Stir all together over medium/high heat until the pasta is al dente to your taste. You will likely need to add a little pasta water as you cook to maintain moisture in the pan.



Serve as soon as the pasta is al dente, and top with some extra grated cheese. Buon appetito!



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Kelly Wickers
Kelly Wickers
Jan 27

I absolutely love you both! What a great channel to find! I am trying your recipes and even ordered the small chiles from Calabrian! This recipe didn’t wow me, no offense. It could have been the sausage from a great Irish butcher (need I say more?). I wound up adding a bit more wine, crushed up the discarded garlic, added it back, Chile flakes, a good pinch of nutmeg and finally some lemon zest. That made it come alive. It probably was my sausage - however it all finally came together and it was a giant hit!


I absolutely love the two of you! So many recipes to try!


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Dalevon Sanders
Dalevon Sanders
Sep 16, 2022

Do you guys have a measurement conversion to where people can see how to double or triple the ingredients for the recipes?

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Patricia D
Patricia D
Aug 07, 2022

Hello Ava & Harper: I made this recipe yesterday and it was certainly delicious, but when I added the pasta off the heat, the sauce "broke", is this supposed to happen? It was not as creamy as before adding the pasta. Can I prevent this from happening? Thanks so much :)

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ilcorago
ilcorago
Mar 04, 2022

As soon as I saw this, I had to try it. Grazie!


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