Sausage Fusilli al Forno
with Fresh Ricotta
Baked pasta (pasta al forno) is Italian comfort food at its finest. Even if you don't have a nonna, you can still appreciate the home-cooked warmth that this dish brings.
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Mild Italian Sausage, uncased
White Cheddar Cheese, shredded
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Before starting, preheat the broiler to high. Wash and dry all produce. Heat Guide for Step 4: 1/8 tsp mild, 1/4 tsp medium, 1/2 tsp spicy and 1 tsp extra-spicy! Add 10 cups water and 2 tsp salt to a large pot (use same for 4 ppl). Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, peel, then finely chop shallot. Peel, then mince or grate garlic. Add ricotta and cheddar to a small bowl. Season with 1/8 tsp salt (dbl for 4 ppl) and pepper, then stir to combine. Set aside.
Heat a large oven-proof pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tbsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl), then sausage. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up sausage into smaller pieces, until cooked through, 4-5 min.**
Meanwhile, add fusilli to the boiling water. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 9-11 min.Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water (dbl for 4 ppl), then drain fusilli.
Meanwhile, add shallots, garlic and 1/4 tsp chili flakes to the pan with sausage. (NOTE: Reference heat guide.) Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring often, until shallots soften, 3-4 min. Add crushed tomatoes, vinegar, Italian Seasoning, 1/2 tsp sugar and 1/4 cup water (dbl both for 4 ppl). Season with salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, 8-10 min.
Add fusilli, spinach and reserved pasta water to the pan with sauce. Stir until spinach wilts, 1-2 min. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove the pan from heat. (NOTE: If you don't have an oven-proof pan, transfer the mixture to a 8x8-inch baking dish at this point. Use a 9x13-inch baking dish for 4 ppl.) Dollop cheese mixture over pasta.Broil in the middle of the oven until cheese is melted and golden-brown, 5-6 min.
Divide sausage fusilli al forno between plates.