Look at this meat!
But first! I like to travel, mostly because of the food, but also because you get to see cool stuff and meet awesome people. Two years ago we went to China and met a couple from Boston. Alisha and Leo were instant friends. At the beginning of December, they flew to Cayman for a visit. We did a pretty good job of sampling local restaurants but as a favor for our hospitality, Alisha cooked us dinner before they left.
I can tell you, for a skinny girl, she makes one mean sausage pasta. I was trying to think of a way to Caymanize her dish so I could post it and I’ve finally found my opportunity.
Last weekend at Market at the Grounds (the local farmers market) I stumbled upon this booth. That’s David Cross. He makes sausages here! His company is called Caribos and he is a weekly fixture at a smaller market on Wednesdays in Camana Bay. I stopped by on my way home from work tonight and bought WAY too many sausages. I’m sure we’ll have no trouble finding ways to consume them. While I was at the farmers market, I picked up some of Mrs. McTaggart’s homemade bread (I went with tomato-garlic.) She mills it herself and it takes her two days to bake.
Norma – of Irish Coffee fame – and Clark Kent both just gave this dish two big thumbs way, way up.
Alisha’s Hot Italian Sausage Pasta
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You will need:
1 can pasta sauce (24 oz)
1 cup diced tomatoes
4 hot sausages
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp onion powder
1/4 cup parsley (I also add some thyme to mine because I’m addicted)
3 tbsp red win
Mushrooms and Green Pepper – optional
You can buy the sausage ground already but I usually just buy full sausages, cut the casing off and ground up before frying until brown. Also add the mushroom and pepper if you use them when you add the sausage. Once they are browned, add your garlic and cook a for a minute or two longer.
Then add your pasta sauce and diced tomatoes and stir. Then add onion powder, parsley and red wine and stir. You can let the sauce cook for as long as you would like at a low simmer. I do this covered so it doesn’t thicken. If I feel my sauce is too thick, I add a little bit more wine to thin it out.
Serve with your favorite pasta.