Pasta with Balsamic Sausage and Fresh Figs
Pasta, balsamic vinegar, Italian sausages and fresh figs…. Match made in heaven! This dish is yum, and you will be begging for more, trust me I did. I know this recipe says it serves 3, and it does, but don’t mind me if I eat for 1.5 or 2 persons.
I used tortellini with walnut filling, but if you prefer, goat cheese filling or pappardelle pasta are great substitutes.
This recipe serves 2.
4 fresh figs
1 large red onion
¼ cup basil leaves, chopped (plus extra for serving)
3 Italian sausages, casings removed
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
500g tortellini with walnut filling
2 tablespoons pasta water (optional)
Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the instructions.
Roughly chop the red onions and 3 figs; slice the remaining fig and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large pan or skillet over medium/high heat and add the onions and sausages (don’t forget to remove the casings); use the back of a wooden spoon to break down the sausages. When fully cooked, after about 5 minutes, add the chopped figs and lower the heat to medium. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes to combine the flavors. Now pour in the balsamic vinegar and honey and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Now you can add the pasta water if you want. Lastly add the chopped basil leaves, stir and turn off the heat. Gently toss the tortellini in the sausage and fig mixture to coat the pasta. Divide among the plates and top with extra basil leaves and the sliced fig. Enjoy!