Dive into a tantalizing fusion of Italian & Thai: Italian Drunken Noodles! Featuring pappardelle noodles, spicy Italian sausage, vibrant bell peppers, onions, garlic, wine, and aromatic basil, it’s an adventure for your taste buds!
Ah, the legendary Italian Drunken Noodles! I stumbled upon this recipe during a serendipitous evening in Venice. Having been invited to a potluck by an old schoolmate, Giulia, I was eager to contribute a signature dish from my travels in Thailand. Yet, wanting to blend in with the Italian flair, I decided to add a twist. As the night wore on, and wine glasses clinked more frequently, I found myself pouring some Chardonnay into the pan! The result? This delightful fusion dish that had both Italians and Thai-food lovers raving! Let’s just say, by the end of the night, we were all a bit “drunken” from joy and perhaps the wine.
What makes this Italian Drunken Noodles stand out?
What sets this dish apart? First, it’s a ravishing fusion of Italian and Thai – quite the unexpected pairing, but trust me, it’s as if they were star-crossed lovers destined for the plate. Secondly, there’s a generous splash of white wine which gives a slightly intoxicating depth to the flavor. And third, those chunky Italian sausages and colorful bell peppers aren’t just there for show – they’re the life of the party, delivering a burst of flavor and texture in every bite!
What are the ingredients for Italian Drunken Noodles:
- Pappardelle Noodles: A wider, flatter noodle which beautifully carries our rich sauce. But, spaghetti or fettuccine would work in a pinch!
- Spicy Italian Sausage: This gives our dish that kick! However, for those who prefer to play it safe, a milder sausage would do.
- Bell Peppers: Using a variety of colors not only makes the dish pop but adds different sweetness levels.
- White Wine (Chardonnay): Our “drunken” component! Opt for a good-quality wine, because remember, if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it.
Steps to make Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes:
- Pasta Prep: Start by cooking the pappardelle noodles as per the package. Once done, drain and set aside, keeping them warm and cozy.
- Sausage Showdown: In a sizeable heavy-bottomed pan, warm up some olive oil. Now, crumble that spicy sausage in, letting each chunk brown a bit. Once cooked, transfer them to a bowl.
- Onions and Aromatics: Time for onions to shine! Let them get a golden tan in the pan with those lovely sausage drippings. Add your spices: salt, Italian seasoning, and black pepper.
- Bell Pepper Bonanza: Throw in the bell peppers, waiting for them to soften just a tad. Now, for the aromatic garlic, followed by our star, the wine! Let it reduce and work its magic.
- Tomatoes and Sausage Return: Introduce the diced tomatoes and their juice. The sausage? Welcome it back to the pan. Give it a gentle stir and let it simmer to marry the flavors.
- Finishing Touches: Pour in some more olive oil, adding a silky touch. Fold in the parsley and half of the basil.
- Noodles Meet Sauce: The moment we’ve been waiting for! Combine those lovely noodles with our sensational sauce, making sure every strand gets drenched.
- Serve & Savor: Dish out your creation, garnishing with the rest of the basil. A sprinkle of parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil? Now, that’s la dolce vita!
Storage Options for Italian Drunken Noodles:
Refrigerate any leftovers in a tight-sealing container. This dish is like fine wine; it tastes even better the next day! It should keep for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove or microwave, adding a splash of water if needed.
Variations and Substitutions:
- Noodles: Spaghetti or fettuccine are great alternatives.
- Sausage: Not a fan of spicy? Use a milder Italian sausage or even ground chicken or turkey.
- Veggies: Feel free to toss in some zucchini or mushrooms for added variety.
- Alcohol-Free: Replace wine with chicken or vegetable broth, though you’ll miss the “drunken” part, but it’ll still be delicious!
Remember, recipes are merely guidelines; don’t be afraid to make the dish your own. After all, it’s the mishaps, experiments, and wine-induced additions that sometimes lead to the most unforgettable meals. Cheers! 🍷🍝
Italian Drunken Noodles
- 8 ounces wide noodles like pappardelle
- A glug or two of olive oil
- 4 zesty Italian sausages without their outfits, please
- 1 big ol’ onion sliced into elegant quarters
- A pinch and a half of salt or to your heart’s desire
- 1 teaspoon of that classic Italian herb mix
- A crack or two of black pepper
- A trio of bell peppers – one red one yellow, and one orange all finely sliced
- 4 garlic cloves mashed to perfection
- Half a cup of your favorite white vino Chardonnay’s a winner
- A can 28 oz of diced tomatoes yes, keep the juice!
- 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley finely chopped
- A handful of fresh basil leaves sliced stylishly
- Cook the wide noodles following the whispers on their package. Drain, set aside, and cover them up so they keep snug.
- In a large pan, warm up some olive oil. Crumble your sausages into the pan. Let them brown and dance a bit, then scoop them out.
- Use the sausage’s leftover glow-up in the pan. Toss in the onions, letting them get that golden look. Sprinkle in the salt, herbs, and pepper.
- Add those colorful bells to the pan. Wait ’til they’re just right. Toss in garlic, wait a moment, then splash in the wine. Let it bubble away until it’s nearly vanished.
- Pour in those tomatoes, juice and all. Bring back the sausage. Give it a gentle twirl and simmer, letting the flavors have a little chat.
- Drizzle in more olive oil for a touch of luxury. Blend in the parsley and half your basil.
- Add the noodles to your saucy masterpiece. Ensure every noodle gets its fair share of the sauce.
- Dish it out, sprinkle over the remaining basil, maybe some parmesan if you’re feeling fancy, and of course, a hint more olive oil. Voilà!