The other night I tried out Lindsay’s recipe for San Marzano pasta E Fagioli. I’ve never cooked pasta in a sauce before, so I was a bit intrigued and a bit worried, because there was a lot of sauce in my pot at one stage and I didn’t know if it was going to boil down enough, but it did and this dish turned out pretty good. I made a couple of changes to the original recipe just because I didn’t use spicy chicken sausage like she suggested. I added some chorizo and a bit of chilli, which worked out pretty well, I also added some sugar because there is a lot of tomato that goes into this.
I must warn you, this recipe makes a lot of food, so either halve these portions or invite some hungry faces over for dinner.
Thanks Lindsey for the recipe….
- 450 grams chicken sausages in casing
- 1 whole chorizo sausage – chopped
- 1½ cups chopped celery, carrot, and onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1½ teaspoons ground oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt
- A couple of dashes of chilli flakes
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 bay leaf
- 790 grams tinned whole tomatoes
- 400 grams of cannellini beans
- 500 mls chicken broth
- 450 grams small pasta
- 160 grams fresh baby spinach
- Shaved parmesan cheese for topping
- Remove the chicken from its casing. In a large pot, brown the chicken sausage over medium high heat and drain the excess grease. Near the end of cooking add the chorizo sausage for a bit. Set the chicken and sausage mix aside.
- Crush the tinned tomatoes and sauce in a food processor and set aside. Drain the cannellini beans. Place in a food processor. Refill the can with water, add to the food processor, and puree until very smooth.
- In the same large pot as step one, saute the carrots, celery and onions, garlic, oregano, salt and bay leaf (with a little olive oil if needed) until soft and fragrant. Add the tomatoes, pureed beans, sugar and broth. Simmer for 20 minutes. It’ll be very saucy.
- Add the pasta and simmer for another 20 minutes until pasta is cooked through as sauce is reduced. Throw in the baby spinach and the chorizo/chicken sausage from step one. If needed, add water or broth to adjust the consistency of the pasta before serving. Top with some parmesan cheese.