Active Time
1 HR 15 MIN
Total Time
2 HR
Serves : 4

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until browned, 5 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add the fennel, half of the onions and the smashed garlic to the casserole and season with salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are golden and softened, about 10 minutes. Add the sausage, red wine, tomatoes and 2 cups of water and bring to a simmer. Cook over low heat until the sauce is thickened, 45 minutes.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the remaining chopped onions and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, about 10 minutes. Add the chopped escarole in batches, stirring until each batch is wilted before adding more. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and the minced garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the white wine and a pinch of crushed red pepper and season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the escarole is tender, about 40 minutes. Stir the escarole mixture into the sausage ragù.

Step 3    

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta to the pot and add the reserved water, 5 cups of the ragù, the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the 1 cup of grated cheese. Season with salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper and toss to coat. Serve with additional cheese. Reserve the remaining ragù for later use.

Make Ahead

The ragù can be refrigerated for 5 days or frozen for 1 month.

Suggested Pairing

A fruity Nero d’Avola tinged with bitterness, such as the 2009 Gulfi Nero­bufaleffj Sicilia.

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Aggregate Rating value: 3

Review Count: 1

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: baklash84

Review Body: Would like to try this recipe but the process seems incomplete. 

Review Rating: 3

Date Published: 2016-10-04

Author Name: Francine Corry

Review Body: I agree with Julie,are we to crumble the sausage and at what point is it added and where?A response would be appreciated.

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Date Published: 2016-09-27

Author Name: julie cavender

Review Body: In step #1, do you add the sausage back in to the veggies and liquids to simmer? It doesn't say so, but I would assume. Plus, do you really add 2 cups red wine, 2 cups water and the 28oz crushed tomatoes? Seems like a lot of liquid! Could someone please clarify? I want to make the recipe this weekend. Thanks!

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Date Published: 2016-09-23