Penne With Sausage and Saffron

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4 Servings
Recipe from La Cucina Italiana magazine

fine sea salt
1/8 Tsp. crumbled saffron threads
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced onion (I used entire medium onion)
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
3/4 lb. sweet Italian sausage
1 cup heavy cream
1 pound penne

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, combine 1 Tbsp. water and saffron in a small bowl; set aside.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and thyme; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is softened, about 4 minutes, then add sausage and cook, breaking up sausage into small bits with a wooden spoon, until sausage is mostly cooked through, about 6 minutes. Add cream, saffron mixture and generous pinch of salt; bring to a simmer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.
Add pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain, then transfer to a large bowl; immediately add cream mixture and toss to combine. Adjust seasoning and serve immediately.

Wine served: 2010 Cesari Valpolicella Classico

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