Linguine with Zucchini and Sausage
From Northern Italy – –
  • 4tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 6links DiRusso’s® Italian Sausage Links
  • 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3cup onion, chopped
  • 1stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1/4cup dry vermouth
  • 2pounds zucchini(3-4), cut lengthwise, then sliced across into 1/4-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2cups Half and Half cream or canned milk
  • 1teaspoon dry basil or 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 1/2teaspoon tarragon
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 2/3cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5sprigs parsley, chopped
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan. Add sausage and cook until no longer pink inside. Remove and slice links into 1/2 inch pieces. Reserve.
  2. To the juices in the frying pan, add garlic, onion, celery and carrot, and cook over medium heat, stirring, until vegetables are beginning to soften. Stir in the vermouth and cook until it evaporates. Transfer vegetables to a bowl with the sausage.
  3. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil to the frying pan. Add zucchini pieces and cook, partially covered, turning occasionally, until they are barely tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Return the sausage and vegetables to the frying pan with the zucchini. Stir in cream, tarragon and basil and mix. Simmer without a cover over very low heat until heated through.
  5. Cook the linguine according to package directions until al dente. Drain and turn into a deep serving dish. Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese and parsley.
Recipe Notes
  • DiRusso’s® Turkey Italian Sausage Links can be substituted in place of the pork links.