Pasta with Sausage and Cheese (Macaronia me Loukanika ke Tiri)
In this dish from Epirus, pork sausage, blue cheese, and fresh oregano are a gorgeous counterpoint to pasta.
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2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
6 oz. semi-cured Greek pork sausages
or sweet Italian sausages, cut into 1" pieces
Kosher salt, to taste
8 oz. pasta, preferably garganelli or penne
1⁄2 cup white wine
1⁄2 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
1⁄4 cup heavy cream
1⁄4 cup loosely packed fresh oregano leaves
1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Heat oil in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, bring a 4-qt. pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 9 minutes. Strain pasta, reserving 1⁄2 cup pasta cooking liquid; set aside.
3. Add wine to sausages and cook until reduced by one quarter, about 2 minutes. Add the blue cheese, cream, and oregano and cook until the mixture is thick and the cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved pasta and season with salt. (If sauce seems too thick, stir in some of the reserved pasta cooking liquid.) Transfer pasta to a small platter; garnish with grated cheese and season with black pepper.
SERVES 2 – 4