Pasta alla Norcina (sausage + cream sauce)

I think I found my new favorite pasta dish. I recently served this to my parents and husband, and they all seemed a little caught by surprise at how flavorful and tasty it is!

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I’m so used to only thinking of sausage and pasta with a red sauce, but this dish has forever changed my mind. Inspired by a local vendor at one of our farmers’ markets in the area, I’m so glad I gave this combination a try! Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Pasta alla Norcina (sausage + cream sauce)

Wow your family at dinner tonight…they won't believe how flavorful this Pasta alla Norcina (sausage + cream sauce) is or how easy it is to make!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
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Servings: 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (can sub water)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 ounce pack dried chantrelle mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion cut into a small dice
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage (mild or spicy, depending on what you like!) or sausage links with casings removed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat fettucini (or other shape), cooked according to package directions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh Italian parsley chopped, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine the wine, water, and dried mushrooms in a small pot. Simmer over low heat until the mushrooms have softened, about 10 minutes. To remove any sediment, strain the liquid through a fine sieve or coffee filter (and reserve the liquid) and rinse off the mushrooms in fresh water. Set aside for the sauce.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onion and stir occasionally until translucent and soft but not brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add in the sausage and cook while breaking it up with a spoon, until brown and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard the fat.
  • Add in the mushrooms, mushroom liquid, heavy cream, and parmesan, stir to combine. Stir in the cooked noodles and bring to a simmer for a few minutes to help thicken the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with fresh parsley (and additional parmesan, if desired), and serve immediately.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Pasta alla Norcina (sausage + cream sauce)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 776 Calories from Fat 585
% Daily Value*
Fat 65g100%
Saturated Fat 29g181%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 986mg43%
Potassium 476mg14%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 959IU19%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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8 thoughts on “Pasta alla Norcina (sausage + cream sauce)”

  1. Angela from Ohio

    Thanks for this recipe. My hubbie use to love a sausage and pasta dish from a local restaurant that had way too much fat and sodium in it. I’ll give this a try soon

    1. This sounds amazing and we love cream sauces!! We’ve noticed one of our kids doesn’t handle the heavy cream well – do you have any recommendations on what we can sub to still get a great consistency and flavor?

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