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Accidental Awesomeness: Italian Vermicelli

Posted on Sun, Aug. 19th (2012) at 5:06pm
I had a plan.  That plan involved browning some Italian sausage, dumping it into a jar of pasta sauce, and pouring it over Tinkyada spaghetti.  It wasn't an elaborate plan, but it was mine.  This simple plan was, however, stymied by a complete lack of Tinkyada in my pantry.  I regrouped.  What I did have was Wai Wai rice stick, which is my ersatz angel hair pasta, but it needed something lighter than pasta sauce.  Here's what I did:

2 "chunks" of Wai Wai rice stick
1 pound of Iserno's chicken Italian sausage
~1 tablespoon of minced garlic (from a jar)
~1 tablespoon of olive oil
~1/4 cup of cheap white wine
1 can of diced tomato with garlic and onion (undrained)
1-2 pinches of Mediterranean sea salt
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

So, on the topic of Mediterranean sea salt, this is the stuff you can get in a tub at Whole foods, but as far as I can tell, it's just herbes de Provence + sea salt.  I put it in a grinder and use it on practically everything.  I call it "crazy salt", because it's crazy good.  Especially on popcorn.

1.  Put some water on to boil, since you aren't going to want to eat raw rice stick.
2.  Heat the olive oil in a skillet and saute the garlic.
3.  When the garlic starts to get brown, dump in the Italian sausage
4.  Break up the sausage plank and stir it around until it's all nice and browned.  This is where I sprinkled it with Crazy Salt.
5.  Use the cheap white wine to deglaze the pan
6.  Dump your can of tomatoes into the skillet and adjust the temperature so it's simmering.
7.  When the water gets to (mostly) boiling, drop the rice stick in for 4 minutes.
8.  Drain the rice stick and dump it into a big bowl with the contents of the skillet.  Combine thoroughly and serve, garnishing with more cheese if you're into that sort of thing.

When the rice stick came out of the pot, I thought, "Oh dear God, I've gone WAY overboard with the noodles.  Did they, like, breed in there?"  It turned out, though, that the mass of noodles combined with the "sauce" to make a nice, not too heavily flavored dish.  HRH and I had it for dinner.  Then I had it for lunch the next day.  Then HRH and I had it for dinner that night.  I loved it, and even though HRH isn't as big of a pasta fan as I am, he ate it twice, which is more than can be said for a lot of dishes.


incandragon at 2012-08-20 16:45 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting that! I was just going to ask you to send it to me. This is better. :-)
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