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10-20-2009 good, but it looked and smelled even better.....needs prep
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A pasta dish with the taste of the wine harvest
By The Associated Press
Don't be turned off by the thought of grapes and sausage with your
pasta. It's a dish from Andrew Carmellini's cookbook "Urban Italian,"
and it makes complete sense.

"These are, in fact, all the flavors of the Italian grape harvest
time: sage, meaty spicy sausage, and, of course, sweet young grape
juice," he writes in the book. "I've just put it all together. It's
totally delicious. Trust me."

If you can't find strozzapreti pasta, which resembles small, twisted
strands of rope, any small, thin pasta will do.

Start to finish: 30 minutes (plus overnight).
Servings: 4-6.

1 cup seedless red grapes (not Thompson), halved lengthwise
1 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 pound dried strozzapreti pasta (or other small, thin pasta)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 pounds Italian sausage (about 4 links, 2 spicy and 2 sweet),
casings removed and meat roughly chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
10 fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley

In a medium bowl, combine the grapes, wine, sugar and vinegar. Cover
tightly with plastic wrap, then refrigerate for at least 8 hours or

When ready to cook, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil.

While the water heats, transfer the grape mixture to a medium saucepan
over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the liquid has reduced
by half, about 10 minutes.

When the water has boiled, add the pasta and cook until just al dente
(about 1 minute less than the suggested cooking time on the pasta

While the pasta cooks, in a large saucepan over medium, heat the olive
oil. Add the meat and saute until it just starts to brown, about 3 to
4 minutes, stirring and breaking up the meat as you go.

Add the onion and continue cooking, stirring well, until the sausage
and onion have cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the sage and
stir to combine.

Add the grape mixture, and stir well.

When the pasta is cooked, drain it, but do not rinse it. Add the pasta
to the pot with the grape and sausage mixture. Place over medium heat
for about 1-1/2 minutes to allow the flavors to blend and the pasta to
cook a bit more.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter, cheese, black pepper
and parsley. Sprinkle with more cheese, and serve immediately.

(Recipe from Andrew Carmellini's "Urban Italian," Bloomsbury USA,

2007, Telegraph Publishing Company, Nashua, New Hampshire

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