Spaghetti with shell beans and homemade Italian sausage – 14 July 2011

D bought a small batch of cranberry beans at the Bowl a couple of days ago, being worried they would disappear soon; and he cooked them today. At lunch, we shelled the beans, and he cooked them for maybe 20 minutes or so in water with rosemary, a bay leaf, a slice of onion, and salt (“eventually”).

Beans after first cook

Beans after lunchtime cook

When he got home from work, he added more water (they were essentially out), and cooked 10 minutes or so (while the pasta water boiled). He got the last sweet Italian sausage out of the freezer from the batch we made on the 19th of June last year, and sliced that and cooked it in oil. He added some of the beans, whole, to the cooked sausage, along with oregano leaves from the garden, and then the rest of the beans plus the onion, mashed. He also added the cooking water (which was not a lot), from the beans, some red wine from one of our “damaged” bottles, and pepper and salt (“too much”).

He chopped up a red pepper from a lovely arrangement my friend V gave me in May, and added that (he thought it was a bit too much of it for the dish, but I thought it was great.





D brought up a Portuguese wine, Castelo do Sulco Riserva, 2007, which we got at the Bowl for $9. it’s made from three grapes: Touriga Nacional, Syrah, and Tinta Roriz, two of which are unfamiliar to me. We’ve had the non-Riserva version of this before. I thought this one was a bit oxidized, though underneath it clearly had a nice flavor.

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2 Responses to Spaghetti with shell beans and homemade Italian sausage – 14 July 2011

  1. kat says:

    That looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try!! I’m new to blogging and love checking out everyone’s foodie blogs here on wordpress. Could you please check out and provide some feedback on how to gain more exposure? Thanks

    • berkeleybarb says:

      Kat – Your site is very nice, and lovely to look at. I am not really in the business of increasing traffic, so I can’t say I have any suggestions for you on that front, but obviously, posting comments on other food blogs can’t hurt 🙂 Good luck! Thanks for the Marcella Hazan reference.

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