Spicy Sausage Pasta

• 1 ½ lbs hot turkey Italian sausage
• ½ cup olive oil
• 1 onion, chopped
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 Tbsp dried basil
• ½ tsp nutmeg
• 2 Tbsp sugar
• 1 tsp salt
• ½ tsp pepper
• 3 (28 oz) cans chopped tomatoes
• 6 oz tomato paste
• ½ cup Aglianico
• 4 Tbsp butter
• 1 lb spaghetti

In a large pot over medium-high heat; brown sausages on all sides. Remove from heat; set aside. Heat oil; add onion, garlic and seasonings; sauté 5 minutes. Cut sausages into 1-inch pieces. Add sausages, tomatoes, paste, wine and butter to pot. Reduce heat; simmer 1 hour. Cook spaghetti according to directions. Serve sausage and tomato sauce over cooked spaghetti.  Enjoy with a glass of Jacuzzi Aglianico.

Jacuzzi_AglianicoJacuzzi Family Vineyards
Paso Robles, CA

Aglianico is an ancient variety that was thought to have been planted in Southern Italy in Campania and Basilicata in the seventh century B.C. The name is derived from “Hellinica” which means “Greek” providing a clue to its origins. Jacuzzi’s Aglianico is grown in a Paso Robles vineyard shadowed by Black Mountain. The vineyard receives less than 11 inches of rain per year and is influenced by cool air due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The Aglianico grapes are handpicked and de-stemmed without crushing. This is a very gentle process that minimizes the pick-up of bitter components from the skins and seeds. The fermenting wine is tasted daily and once the desired tannin level is achieved the wine is pressed using our low-pressure “tank press”.charlie-tsegeletos

“Aglianico’s rich blackberry flavors are intertwined with savory notes of coffee, wild mushrooms and figs finishing with moderate tannins. It’s best with baked pastas, roasted lamb or a big sausage-topped pizza.” — Charlie Tsegeletos, winemaker

Winemaker: Charlie Tsegeletos
Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Aglianico
Analysis: 13% alc/vol

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