❤ pasta (any kind you like) - I used Barilla casarecce.
❤ a sausage (preferably a spicy one). I used the ones with leeks.
❤ olive oil
❤ parmesan cheese (optionally)
❤ tomato purée or juice
❤ sugar or concentrated grape juice or any sweetener (optionally). Whenever I use tomato juice to make a sauce, I put some sugar in it, which otherwise tastes a bit sour.
❤ black pepper & ground chili peppers (or chili paste)
❤ Mozzarella cheese. I used the small ones (1-2cm in diameter) because they melt nicely in the sauce.
👍 Put water in a big pot and add some salt (if you want). Bring it to a boil and then put the pasta in it. Leave it for some minutes till it gets ready (as instructed on the packet). Never overcook pasta.
👍 While the water boils, peel the sausage to remove its skin. Cut the sausage into thin slices. Fry the sausage till it gets a golden brown color. I do not fry the sausage, but I put it into the microwave. I put it into a small bowl and cover it before microwave it for ~3min. When it is ready, take the sausage out into a plate and threw away the fat in the bowl.
👍 In another (smaller) pot, put the tomato puree. Add the olive oil, some black pepper, and/or chili paste. Leave the mixture to simmer at low heat.
👍 While waiting for the pasta to boil, put the mozzarella into the tomato sauce and stir till it starts melting nicely. The sauce shall get a pinkish color instead of the intense red it had at the beginning.
👍 When the pasta is almost ready, put in the saucepot the sausage, stir a bit, and turn off the heating.
👍 When the pasta is ready, drain it (and wash it under cold water).
👍 Put the pasta into the plates and pour the sauce on top of it.
👍 Add the parmesan cheese on top of it and serve. Parmesan cheese is not necessary for this recipe as the sauce already has cheese in it (mozzarella)