Ingredients

How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan over high heat. Add the sausages and cook, stirring, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onions, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and the black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are just soft, about 4 minutes. Add the basil and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the vodka and tomatoes; reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes. Add the Essence and heavy cream, stir to mix, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • To cook the pasta, combine 4 quarts water, the 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a large pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, add the pasta, and cook until al dente, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain well. Combine half of the ricotta cheese and half of the Parmigiano-Reggiano with the remaining 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Add the pasta and toss to coat evenly. Add the sausage mixture and mix well. Add the remaining ricotta cheese and the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano and mix well.
  • Transfer the mixture to a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake until bubbly and golden, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven. Serve warm with crusty bread.
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Yield: 2/3 cup

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  • berrikiss 4 years ago
    Yum! this is making my mouth water.......
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  • twohot 5 years ago
    thanks a lot
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    " It was excellent "
    lori4flavor ate it and said...
    I agree with the others...this sounds truly awesome!! I too, love all the spices! ^5
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  • justjakesmom 6 years ago
    Sounds great! Love the spiciness! ;')
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  • binky67 6 years ago
    AWESOME!!!!! 5555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555 I'm really digging this one!
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    wow this sounds incredible thank you
    five

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    " It was excellent "
    cookingforfun ate it and said...
    Wow, wasn't expecting it to be something I would have to print now to make this week Excellent. 5 from me
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    " It was excellent "
    albys1 ate it and said...
    Another really good recipe.
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