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Spicy Sausage Bolognese with Pappardelle

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound hot Italian sausage, casing removed 

3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 

1 small carrot, finely chopped 

1 rib celery with leafy tops, finely chopped 

1 small onion, finely chopped 

1 cup dry red wine 

1 cup chicken stock 

One 32-ounce can Italian crushed tomatoes 

Pinch ground cinnamon

Pinch ground clove 

A few grates whole nutmeg 


A few leaves fresh basil, torn 

1 cup milk 

1 pound pappardelle pasta or other wide-cut flat pasta 

Pecorino-Romano, for grating


  1. In a Dutch oven or medium pot heat the olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, over medium to medium-high heat. Add the sausage and brown and crumble. Add the garlic, carrots, celery and onions, and cook to soften, 10 minutes. Stir in the wine and let it absorb, then add the stock, tomatoes, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Bring the sauce to a bubble. Season with salt, and then stir in the basil. Simmer gently for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool the sauce and store for a make-ahead meal.
  2. Reheat over medium heat and stir in the milk, cooking until well incorporated.
  3. Heat a large pot of salted water to boil, and then cook the pappardelle to al dente. Reserve a cup of the starchy cooking water just before draining the pasta.
  4. Return the pasta to the drained pot and toss with half of the sauce and some starchy water. Serve the pasta in shallow bowls topped with extra sauce and some grated Pecorino-Romano.
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