Cavatelli with Cinnamon and Sausage Sauce
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Doug Sherring
This pasta is typical of Sicily. It has no egg in it so is a very simple dough to make, but you need to have a cavatelli board and a bit of practice. Ready-made cavatelli is available at Sabato.
- Pasta: Mix the flour with the warm salted water until you get a firm dough.
- Knead the dough and form thick spaghettoni (rolls).
- Then cut into 1cm portions and roll them on a fork (or special wooden cavatelli board) with your thumb to make the cavatelli, which are like little seashells.
- When they are all ready, leave them in the air to dry. While you're making the cavatelli.
- keep the remaining dough covered with a towel so that it does not dry out.
- Sauce:Remove the sausage from its casing, break into small chunks, then sauté in extra-virgin olive oil on a medium-high heat.
- Pour in the wine and, when the alcohol evaporates, add the cinnamon followed by the tomato sauce.
- Lower the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
- Cook the pasta in boiling salted water, the cavatelli will float to the surface as soon as they are ready.
- Place them in a bowl with the sauce, mix well and sprinkle with the grated cheese.