Pappardelle with sausage and peppers
( SERVES 4 )
- Heat oil in a frying pan, add sliced peppers and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes to soften and lightly brown. Then remove to one side.
- Add sausage meat to the pan and cook for 10 minutes until browned, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Return the peppers to the pan.
- At the same time, cook pasta in plenty of boiling, salted water for 10 minutes (or according to packet instructions) until just tender to the bite. Drain well and reserve ½ cup of the pasta cooking water.
- Stir cooked pasta and reserved water into the sausage sauce. Season with salt and pepper, then toss well to serve.
Tip: There is no need to add oil to the water when you're cooking pasta, but it is wise to separate the pieces with an initial stirring. Drain immediately to prevent the pasta continuing to absorb liquid or it may become gluey.