Ziti with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Cognac
Hearty and satisfying this dish has the perfect combination of flavors.
Yield: serves 4
- 3⁄4 lb. mild Italian sausage
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup cognac
- 1⁄2 lb. cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 1⁄2 cup strong beef stock
- Crushed red pepper
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 lb. ziti tagliate or other long, tubular pasta
- 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
- Remove casings from sausages and discard. Coarsely chop sausage meat, place in a large skillet over medium heat and brown, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove sausage from skillet.
- Place mushrooms in skillet and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Return sausage to skillet and stir in cognac and stock, and cook about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt, red pepper, and black pepper.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, 8–10 minutes, then drain. Stir pasta and cream into sauce, adjust seasoning and serve.