I made this recipe while half in the bag. It culminated after a spirited afternoon of listening to music and chatting with my love in the company of lots of wine and year end best-of lists. Miraculously, this dish emerged as an elegant meal that only added to our evening. It was rich and packed with flavour, perfect for soothing the transition into early winter darkness that is, frankly, super depressing.
- 8 cloves garlic confit (or roasted garlic)
- 1 fresh red pepper
- 2 cups fresh cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/2 cup cream
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 1 cup dry white wine (or whatever you be drinking)
- 3 Italian sausages
- Pasta (about four servings)
- Dried (or fresh) parsley
- Red chili flakes
- Fresh black pepper
- Sea salt
Hmmm…let’s see if I remember this correctly now (I kid)
- Pre heat oven to 350-375 degrees. On baking sheet, place sliced red pepper and whole cherry tomatoes tossed in olive oil and salt in the oven. Set timer for one hour.
- Meanwhile, place peeled garlic cloves in low simmering olive oil for 30-40 minutes, or until soft. Your house will smell amazing.
- When veggies and garlic are almost done, in a separate pan fry the sausages in bite sized pieces. I removed them from their casing for a more rustic feel (about 10 minutes over medium heat).
- To begin the sauce, in a medium sized frying pan, over high heat reduce wine to about 1/3 of liquid (about 4 minutes). Add butter and stir.
- Add capers and cream to the sauce and stir. (Tip: some capers are extremely salty, you may want to rinse them first). Remove two cloves of cooked garlic from the oil and break into the sauce. They should be very soft. Mix. Taste for salt and let simmer over low heat.
- Cook pasta in boiling salted water until desired level of done-ness (for me, about 6 minutes). Strain pasta and leave just a little bit of starchy water in the pot.
- Return pasta to pot with water and mix about 2/3 of the cream sauce into the pasta along with the sausage.
- Once plated, top with the peppers, tomatoes, three cloves of cooked garlic along with the remaining sauce.
- Garnish with spices and cheese.
I really liked how the peppers and tomatoes turned out. Super packed with flavour, and just a little bit charred. Yum.
Quick! Eat this now before all your January diets start! (Or just wait until March when winter becomes just too much to bear without food like this).
Tell me, what’s your favourite winter comfort food? Maybe I’ll feature it on the blog!