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    Pasta alla Norcina

    Pasta alla Norcina is a delicious Italian pasta meal that mixes Italian sausage, mushrooms, and pasta cooked just right in a smooth sauce flavored with white wine.

    Originating from the town of Norcia in Umbria, Italy, known for its awesome sausages, this dish is a perfect example of Italian cooking.

    Pasta alla Norcina is a comforting creamy sausage pasta famous in the Umbria region if Italy.

    We love Italian food in our home. From sumptuous meals like Sunday Gravy and Steak Pizzaiola to simple dishes such as Pasta with Peas or Tuscan Bean Soup, we’ll never turn down an Italian dinner.

    Why You’ll Love this Recipe

    Pasta alla Norcina is super comforting, making you feel warm and full. The rich and delicious flavors come from the tasty Italian sausage and mushrooms, with a blend of seasonings and cream.

    It’s easy and quick, yet impressive, so you can whip it up on a busy night or for a special meal. And this pasta is family friendly, meaning even picky eaters will love it.

    Dutch oven full of this sausage pasta.

    Ingredient Notes

    For a complete list, along with exact measurements, see the recipe card at the end of the post. Here are the main things you’re going to need to make Pasta alla Norcina:

    • Pasta – We like rigatoni or penne, which are great for holding onto the sauce.
    • Italian Sausage – The star ingredient. Norcia is famous for its fine quality sausage. If somehow you can get your hands on that, use it. Otherwise go with your favorite Italian sausage, either bulk or links with casing removed.
    • Aromatics – Onion and garlic.
    • Mushrooms – Traditionally, shavings of black truffles are used. They are another local product in Norcia. As they are hard to find, not to mention very expensive, we are using baby bella.
    • Dry White Wine – Go with a good quality wine, something you would want to drink.
    • Dried Rosemary – You can use fresh rosemary if you have it available.
    • Crushed Red Pepper – For just the slightest bit of kick.
    • Heavy Whipping Cream – Makes a rich, velvety sauce that beautifully coats the pasta.
    • Parmesan Cheese – Freshly grated.
    • Nutmeg – Just a touch for a warm, subtle flavor that complements the creamy sauce.

    How to Make Pasta alla Norcina

    1. Boil the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook to al dente according to package directions. Reserve a cup of pasta water before draining.

    Cooked pasta in a colander.

    2. Cook the sausage and veggies: Brown the sausage in a little olive oil, then add onion, garlic, mushrooms, rosemary and crushed red pepper. Cook until mushrooms start to become soft.

    Browned sausage and mushrooms in a Dutch oven.

    3. Build the sauce: Deglaze the pan with white wine, then allow it to reduce a little. Add cream, bring to a simmer, then gradually stir in parmesan cheese. Add nutmeg, and taste and adjust for salt and pepper.

    Creamy sausage sauce in the Dutch oven.

    4. Complete the dish: Toss in pasta. If a saucier consistency is desired, stir in a little of the reserved pasta water.

    Final product.

    Leftovers and Storage

    You can refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave, or on stovetop over medium heat. The pasta will have absorbed some of the sauce, so add a little water or olive oil to loosen things up.

    We do not recommend freezing this dish.

    Tips To Perfect Your Pasta Dish

    • Brown the Sausage Well: Take your time browning the sausage. This not only cooks the meat but also develops deep, rich flavors.
    • Sauté Vegetables Properly: Sauté the onions and garlic until they are translucent but not browned.
    • Deglaze with Wine: This step is crucial for lifting all the flavorful bits off the bottom of the pan and into the sauce.
    • Cheese Quality: Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the best flavor and texture. Pre-grated cheese often contains anti-caking agents that can affect the sauce’s smoothness.
    • Reserve Pasta Water: Don’t forget to reserve some of the pasta cooking water. This starchy water is perfect for adjusting the consistency of the sauce if it gets too thick.
    Bowl of pasta alla norcina on a place mat.

    Make it a cozy, comforting pasta night with this easy Pasta alla Norcina recipe. We bet this is one the whole family will love.

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    Bowl of pasta alla norcina atop the Gypsy Plate.

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    Pasta alla Norcina

    Yield: 4-6 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Pasta alla Norcina is a comforting creamy sausage pasta famous in the Umbria region if Italy.

    Ingredients

    • 12oz pasta
    • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
    • 1.5 pounds Italian sausage
    • ½ small onion, diced
    • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 8oz mushrooms, sliced
    • ½ tsp dried rosemary
    • pinch of crushed red pepper
    • ⅔ cups dry white wine
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
    • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
    • salt, to taste
    • pepper, to taste

    Instructions

    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook to al dente according to package directions. Reserve a cup of pasta water before draining.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a dutch oven or large skillet. Add sausage, crumbling with a wooden spoon to break it up. Cook until browned.
    3. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, rosemary and crushed red pepper. Cook until vegetables start to become soft.
    4. Pour in white wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes to reduce.
    5. Add cream, bring to a simmer, then gradually stir in parmesan cheese. Add nutmeg, and taste and adjust for salt and pepper (it may not need any salt due to the sausage and parmesan).
    6. Toss in pasta. If a saucier consistency is desired, stir in a little of the reserved pasta water.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 6 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 695Total Fat 51gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 32gCholesterol 110mgSodium 961mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 27g

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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