HOW TO MAKE ITALIAN DRUNKEN NOODLES
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 25 minutes.
Total time: 35 minutes.
Servings: 4 servings.
Indulge in the rich flavors of Italy with a mouthwatering dish that combines the boldness of Italian sausage, the vibrant sweetness of bell peppers, and the tangy goodness of diced tomatoes. Introducing Italian Drunken Noodles, a delightful culinary adventure that will transport your taste buds straight to the heart of Italy!!
This recipe is a symphony of colors and flavors, starting with succulent Italian sausage sizzling in a skillet, infusing the dish with its savory essence. As the sausage browns to perfection, it releases irresistible aromas that fill your kitchen and awakens your senses. Next, a medley of red, yellow, and orange bell peppers joins the stage, their vibrant hues adding a pop of visual appeal to the dish. Sautéed alongside thinly sliced onions and fragrant garlic, these peppers bring a delightful sweetness that beautifully balances the robust flavors of the sausage.
But wait, there’s more! A generous pour of white wine adds a touch of sophistication and a hint of tanginess, creating a magical fusion of flavors that elevate this dish to new heights. Watch as the wine reduces, leaving behind a subtle undertone that perfectly complements the other ingredients. As the symphony of flavors continues to crescendo, diced tomatoes join the ensemble, infusing the dish with their lusciousness. Seasoned with Italian herbs, red chili flakes, salt, and pepper, the sauce simmers gently, allowing the flavors to mingle and deepen into a harmonious melody of taste.
And now, for the grand finale, the Italian sausage returns to reclaim its rightful place in the pot, reuniting with the flavors it helped create. A sprinkle of fresh parsley adds a touch of freshness and vibrancy, brightening the dish and tantalizing your senses even further. While the flavors meld together in harmonious bliss, it’s time to prepare the perfect accompaniment: egg noodles. Cooked to al dente perfection, these tender noodles eagerly await their entrance into the pot, where they will soak up the flavorful sauce and become intertwined with the ensemble of ingredients. Once combined, the noodles and sauce create a marriage of textures and flavors that will have you reaching for seconds. Each twirl of the fork captures a delectable bite, a symphony of taste and texture that dances on your palate.
Italian Drunken Noodles are not just a meal; they are an experience. So gather your loved ones, pour a glass of wine, and savor every mouthful of this delightful Italian creation. Whether enjoyed as a comforting family dinner or presented as a show-stopping dish at a gathering, this recipe is sure to leave a lasting impression and have everyone coming back for more. Buon appetito!
1 tbsp. olive oil (divided).
1 pound of Italian sausage.
1 tsp. of salt.
Freshly ground pepper.
1/2 cup of red bell pepper.
1/2 cup of yellow bell pepper.
1/2 cup of orange bell pepper.
1/4 cup of thinly sliced onion.
2 minced garlic cloves.
1 tsp. of Italian seasoning.
Half a tsp. of red pepper flakes.
1/2 cup of white wine.
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes (undrained).
2 tbsps. of chopped fresh parsley.
12 oz. egg noodles.
First, in a large skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and brown the Italian sausage, and once browned, remove the sausage from the pan and set it aside.
Then, in the same pot, heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the onion, bell peppers, and garlic until fragrant, which usually takes for about 3 minutes.
After that, pour in the white wine and simmer until it is almost completely evaporated, allowing the flavors to concentrate and enhance the sauce.
Next, add the diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes, salt, and pepper to the pot. Simmer the mixture for about approximately 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken slightly.
Then, return the browned Italian sausage to the pot and add the chopped parsley, and stir everything together to incorporate the sausage and parsley into the sauce.
In this step, cook the sauce for an additional 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to further develop. Keep the sauce warm on low heat while you cook the noodles according to the package instructions, ensuring they are cooked to your desired doneness.
Finally, drain the cooked noodles and add them to the pot with the sausage and sauce. Toss everything together to combine, ensuring the noodles are well coated with the flavorful sauce, and then, serve the delicious sausage and pepper pasta in bowls or on plates.
Variations of Italian Drunken Noodles:
Swap Italian sausage for a mix of shrimp, scallops, and calamari.
Skip the sausage and add extra vegetables or cannellini beans.
Noodles: Stir in heavy cream or half-and-half for a creamy twist.
Experiment with basil, oregano, or thyme for added freshness.
Use gluten-free noodles instead of egg noodles.
So, get ready to savor the bold flavors of Italy with each delicious bite of these Italian Drunken Noodles—buon appetito!!