This creamy pasta from star chef Tom Colicchio comes together in just minutes, though you’ll have to make the pickled cherries the night before. Slideshow:  More Recipes With Cherries 

Tom Colicchio
September 2015

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© Con Poulos

Recipe Summary

total:
35 mins
Yield:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a small skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Add the pistachios and toast over moderate heat, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and let cool, then coarsely chop.

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  • In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Toss the pasta with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil.

  • In the same saucepan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the sausage and cook over moderate heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the thyme, garlic and Aleppo pepper and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the pasta and reserved cooking water and cook, stirring, until the pasta is hot and coated in a light sauce, about 3 minutes. Stir in the pickled cherries and toasted pistachios and season with salt and black pepper. Transfer to shallow bowls, top with cheese and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Tart, cherry-scented Austrian red, like Zweigelt.