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preparing a Norcia-style sauce

preparing a Norcia-style sauce

NORCIA is a marvelous medieval town in Southeastern Umbria, blessed by fresh mountain air and by the breeding of pigs. Already in the IX century the delicious animal represented a main source of income for the locals. One can modestly say that they have a long standing expertise in making the best sausages of the world. This simple and hearty sauce is available in most restaurants in Umbria and prepared regularly in Umbrian home kitchens.

Recipe

  • 1/2 kg (1 pound) sweet Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion finely sliced
  • 4 tablespoon heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 pound short pasta like fusilli or penne
 or homemade stringozzi
  • 4 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • Optional:  1 teaspoon grated truffle or preserved truffle paste

Sauté onion and sausage in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until cooked through, breaking up large pieces with a fork, about 10 minutes. Deglaze with 1/2 cup white wine. Add cream and  set aside.

Umbrian fresh sausages are liberally seasoned with black pepper and garlic. If you can’t find a similar sausage, add 2 cloves of minced garlic and a good sprinkle of black pepper just before deglazing with wine.

Cook the pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

Transfer into the saucepan pot with the sausage and cream mixture, stir quickly, then add the cooking water and  grated cheese and stir some more to coat and absorb the excess liquid.  Add truffle if using and serve immediately with additional grated cheese and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Serves 4

 

fusilli with Norcina sauce

fusilli with Norcina sauce

Author: madonnadelpiatto

Former scientist, I now run B&B and cooking school Alla Madonna del Piatto in Assisi, Umbria, central Italy, together with my husband Ruurd, daughter Tea and truffle dog Google. We love good food and wine, travel, beautiful handicrafts like textiles and pottery. We feel fortunate to be able to share our magical mountain with many friends from all over the world.

8 thoughts on “norcina

  1. Prima volta che ho visto il tuo blog – e bellissimo! Mi piace tanto.

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  5. Letizia, we so enjoyed making traditional stringozzi with this norcina sauce during our recent cooking lesson with you. We’ve made the sauce several times since then with consistently great results. Thank you!

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