My mom gave me a couple pounds of Tunisian Harissa pasta once as a gift. It was such a beautiful red/orange color and smelled delicious even dry. I knew I had to do something awesome with this pasta. I scoured the internet for ideas and got inspired by multiple recipes. So, I present to you one of the most delicious and comforting pasta dishes I have ever made. After the Tunisian Harissa pasta was gone, I kept making this dish with whole wheat spaghetti. While the specialty pasta was a nice treat, it’s just as phenomenal without it. This is the quintessential cold weather dish and you WILL have vivid dreams about this pasta, I promise you…

You will need:pasta ingredients

  • 1½-2 lbs of tomatoes, chopped (cherry, grape, heirloom…whatever tomatoes look good to you)
  • 2-3 spicy Italian sausages
  • 2 shallots
  • 2-3 red, yellow or orange bell peppers (broiled and skin/seeds removed)
  • GOOD QUALITY curry powder (my favorite is S&B Oriental Curry Powder)
  • Whole wheat spaghetti
  • Olive oil, salt and a bit of Shake
  1. First you need to turn on your broiler to high and char the bell peppers on all sides. Really char the heck out of them! Then, place them in a bowl and cover tightly for 30 minutes. This steams the bell peppers and makes the skin easy to peel off.roasted bell peppers
  2. Peel your bell peppers and take the seeds out. Slice the peppers into thin strips and set aside.
  3. Turn on your stove to medium/high. Use a large pan and warm up a good glug of oilve oil (a few Tablespoons). Sprinkle some Shake (if you want this dish spicy) into the warming olive oil. For less intense heat, you can always use some red pepper flakes.
  4. Dice the two shallots and start sautéing in the Shake oil. Also add a good pinch of salt to the onions at this point.
  5. Take your sausages out of their casing and add to the onions. Use a wooden spoon to break the sausage up into bits. Cook for a couple minutes together.
  6. Add 2-3 heaping teaspoons of the curry powder and stir into the onions and sausage. Continue to cook for another few minutes.
  7. Turn the heat down to low and add the chopped tomatoes and roasted pepper slices. Add another pinch or two of salt and cover your pan.
  8. Let everything cook on low heat, covered, for at least an hour. The tomatoes will break down and create a sauce. You can cook for longer if you like, it will only get better the longer it cooks!
  9. Once your sauce is thoroughly cooked, start a big pot of water boiling for the pasta. Salt your pasta water before it boils…you want it to be salty like the sea!
  10. Cook the spaghetti for 6-7 minutes until al dente. Toss the spaghetti directly into the simmering sauce and toss to coat.
  11. Time to enjoy…you can grate some parmesan cheese on top if you like, but it doesn’t really need it. The only thing this pasta needs is a glass of red wine.

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2 thoughts on “Curried Sausage Pasta

  1. This sounds different. I’m definitely going to try it. The boyfriend loves curry. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

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