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Best Italian Cook: Carmela’s Pappardelle by Brian

by Keith Brunell - Dallas, TX | Written on February 10, 2012

I was born in Sicily and came to America when I was 18. I became a fashion designer and owned my own company for 28 years. I learned the art of cooking at a very young age and this was one of my favorite family recipes. I am happy to share this with you and I am sure my mother and grandmother are also happy. I have modified the dish through the years but the base remains the same. Buon Appetito!

Ingredients:
½ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
½ cup olive oil
½ stick of butter (4 tablespoons)
5 medium size cloves of garlic chopped
1 1/3 cup Fresh Parsley chopped (2/3 of a cup is used for cooking and 2/3 for garnish)
¼ cup Crème Fraiche
1 cup white wine (I used Livingston Chablis Blanc)
1 lb. of sausage meat (no casing, meat only in chunks)
1 lb. Pappardelle
Salt & Pepper to taste
Parmesan to taste

Cooking Instructions:
1. First heat a pot of salted water to boil in order to cook the 1 lb. of Pappardelle.
2. In a large skillet on medium heat put the 4 tablespoons of butter and ½ cup of oil and red pepper flakes. Cook until butter melts and oil is hot. About 4-5 minutes.
3. Add 1 lb. of sausage to the oil/butter/red pepper in the skillet. Cook until seared. About 5 minutes
4. Add 1 cup of white wine to the skillet and cook about 2 more minutes
5. Then add ¼ cup of Crème Fraiche and cook for 5 more minutes
6. Add 2/3 cup of parsley and all of the 5 cloves of chopped garlic. Stir in and lower heat to simmer and simmer for 5 minutes
7. Cook pasta.
8. You may mix all of the pasta and the sausage condiment in one bowl and serve 4 portions OR you can make individual portions and place condiment on top. NOTE: if you make individual portions, be sure that after you drain the pasta, mix it with a little oil and/or sauce to prevent it from sticking together.
9. Garnish with some of the left over chopped parsley.
10. Add parmesan to taste.

VOTE NOW!

  • Arlavin

    I definetly would order.

  • Arlavin

    I definetly would order.

  • Bgoldman

    This sounds delicious and definitely more interesting than the other choices. I vote yes!!

  • JanKaminski822

    Sounds like a winner to me!

  • JanKaminski822

    Sounds like a winner to me!

  • Jbrawns

    This sounds wonderful!

  • Jbrawns

    This sounds wonderful!

  • Syndieloo

    This has to be the winner.  Let me know when it comes on the menu so I can get there before you run out.

  • Mginn3

    Wow! This is the one I want to try!

  • Marie Carroll0410

    I’ve always had great food and wonderful service . I am anxious to try this new dish.

  • Sharan Loux

    Even the presentation is beautiful!!

  • Clen

    I’d like to try one of each!

  • E Gamache

    awesome

  • E Gamache

    awesome

  • Trvlady-betty

    This makes me crazy-hungry! Add Pappardelle to your menu!

  • Jsue

    Has the making of a health dish; less pasta with more meat. Would love to try the dish.

  • Lucy Hawkins

    Creme fraiche, wine, sausage…what’s not to like?
    I choose this one.

  • Kpj303

    That is something that I would most definitely want to try.

  • Cara_tada

    I hope it’s on the menu soon

  • Bryana

    Yes! I believe that this is the best dish! Its looks and sounds like it would be amazing.

  • Bryana

    Yes! I believe that this is the best dish! Its looks and sounds like it would be amazing.

  • Maureen

    This has my vote!  Sounds wonderful

  • Joy121

    Wow…..that is actually making my mouth water to
    Eat this dish.

  • Lbj101058

    Definitely has my vote!

  • Daniel

    Gotta love white wine sauce and sausage.

  • Fantfanz

    YUM  Now to go to cortina’s in Anaheim and buy Pappardelle

  • Fantfanz

    MY vote

  • Tony G.

    That dish is for me !!!!!!!  Too bad dinner is hours away yet………..

  • Tony G.

    That dish is for me !!!!!!!  Too bad dinner is hours away yet………..

  • lori lesser

    for sure its the best looking meal there and have a lot of color this is my vote! would like to meet him as well

  • Violanorkus

    I would enjoy this…anything with sausage is automatically delicious .

  • Carol

    Being part  Sicilian I can appreciate the delicious flavor of the garlic and sausage. I vote “yes” and I know tht is going to be what I order next time I come in.

  • MomPaige

    I definitely would try this.

  • Ellen Baron

    I love all of your dishes my favorite appetizer are the muscles and I love this dish very much 

  • Seahurst3

    5 CLOVES OF GARLIC AND 1 FULL CUP OF FAT?  ………I don’t think so!

  • Rosario

    Embracing my Sicilian Heritage this recipe is a perfect match for my palate.
    A definite two thumbs up from me, as I vote yes !

  • ssr

    This vote is for my HUSBAND….he loves sausage and fresh garlic.
    I think he would  order this!

  • Sshukin

    For a different taste I would switch out Spinach or Basil but original receipe is delicous also.

  • Snetram

    This sounds wonderful!
     

  • Bobncatt

    Yes Yes Yes and Yes again…………If you didn’t understand me I said YES this is it, the dish that should be a menu item at all times.  Simplistic but every bit Italian.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds yummy!  I vote “yes”!   Brings back memories of delicious food in Italy!

  • JR

    Sounds & looks great! Gonna try this at home, but also going to hope this makes the “classic pasta” menu, too.

  • Nhr2812

    Looks delicious….I would order

  • Herbsophie

    Looks wondeful.  Will definitely order soon.

  • Don’t use my name

    Sounds  like a heart attack in progress

  • Mary Mink

    i would love this

  • Roseann

    I’m Scilian and this sounds delicious, I vote yes

  • Bobbylambo

    Sounds great! hope it makes it to the menu.

  • Lisa M

    Oh Yeah….This one is it.

  • Tsurena12

    my favorite!

  • Mary

    Sounds like heaven to me.  Sicilian food is yummy…..
    Next time I will order this delicious pasta.

  • walter jordan

    I always enjoy new adventures in dining, especially authentic favorites from native chefs. Wally:)

  • Jeff

    This sounds SO easy to prepare…and SO delicious…I will DEFINITELY make this and, I hope it makes your menu..!

  • Jeff

    This sounds SO easy to prepare…and SO delicious…I will DEFINITELY make this and, I hope it makes your menu..!

  • Mary

    I have not had anything like this, but I would give it a try!

  • Tammy

    sounds great!!!  i would definitely try this!  just discovered pappardelle and LOVE it!  this sounds like layers of deliciousness!

  • Tammy

    sounds great!!!  i would definitely try this!  just discovered pappardelle and LOVE it!  this sounds like layers of deliciousness!

  • Glorys45

    It will be my choice on my next visit to Maggiano’s!! I vote for .

  • guest

    wo! this is a diet wrecker. A lot of oil and then butter and sausage. Yikes

  • Eshulk

    Am not Italian, but love Italian food. Sausage and pappardelle , with Parmesan would seem to make this dish fantastic.
    Gene Shulick

  • Veena Kapur

    I like this Dishe thanks for sharing the receipe

  • Samaljack

    OOH does this look wonderful!

  • ANGIE

    looks absolutely fabulous.  

  • Nita

    Sounds great!  Ca’t wait to try it on my next visit.

  • Elvaw81

    Way too much oil and butter! The sausage and the cream will provide plenty of fat!

  • Essentialpack

    I just woke up and checked email. Magggianos had sent email with four recipes. I try to cook a nice dinner every Sunday and this recipe catches my eye and legible taste buds :-}. The wife is off to Mexico this week so not sure how much or if she even will eat this for dinner, no mention of calories.

    Mike S.
    Dallas

  • P. Gary Crawford

    All I want to know is, “How much is it?!!!!!”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RLACO7S6JLMGPW556TG4LTHEAI frans

    would be great if no cheese in recipie as some people are allergic to cheese

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RLACO7S6JLMGPW556TG4LTHEAI frans

    would be great if no cheese in recipie as some people are allergic to cheese

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RLACO7S6JLMGPW556TG4LTHEAI frans

    without cheese for people who are allergic

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RLACO7S6JLMGPW556TG4LTHEAI frans

    without cheese for people who are allergic

  • Sandy

    If anyone is worried about fat or calories when making this dish at home — you can substitute lo-fat sour cream for the creme fraiche and use one of the fat-free butter substitutes on the market.  You probably could also use a low-fat turkey sausage and the flavor would not suffer too much.   To the person who paled at the thought of 5 cloves of garlic — do you not know that garlic sweetens as it cooks (never eaten Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garclic?) –and the person who liked the “muscles” — must be referring to the waiter who served her in the restaurant, because the ones you eat are spelled “ mussels!!  ”  Looking forward to trying your new dish next time I am there for lunch with the girls, and I will definitely add the recipe to my collection!   Quick, easy, inexpensive and hearty! 

  • LARosen

    I got fresh, whole wheat pappardelle from local pasta place.  (They extrude extra thin, for my light, fresh preference).  Replace butter with Ghee (defatted butter, in any Indian section of super market).  I replaced sausage with turkey sausage and creme fraiche with greek yogurt.  Result — still decadently decilcious dish but a fraction of unhealthy fats.
     
    Please, Maggiano’s, stop banishing me back to my own kitchen to remake your recipes.  1/2 of all Americans will suffer from heart disease and/or cancer.  Help us find the delicious and satisfying path to healthy eating. 

    Dining out need not be a deadly undertaking.  (pun intended.)

    I know your chefs will endeavor to lighten up, per order.  But start with some enticing, healthy menu items.  Lead the way!!

  • William Duncan

    Instead of sausage I  would love to see baby clams and diced clams in a white sause or a red sause for those that perfer either.( mine is white.)  There are not enough clam dinners offered to us that love them.

  • Ernursechic

    This is the dish I vote for to be on your menu permanently! It sounds delicious!!!

  • Toporm

    Get rid of the butter!.  Just cook the sausage in the oil.

  • Jo

    Now we’re cookign good food!!!!!

  • Mira558

    My husband is Italian and his family is also from Sicily and Pappardelle sounds and looks wonderful

  • Nmorenorealtor

    This dish is fine with Olive oil instead of butter.   Use fresh home made sausage.  Try adding some spinach.  

  • luv2bake

    DELICIOUS!  I vote yes for this one!

  • Dkruby

    this was absolutely delicios but need to find ways to lighten it up

  • Dkruby

    this was absolutely delicios but need to find ways to lighten it up

  • Tonymota

    Okay… this is one dish that needs to stay in the old country,  Personally, I really didn’t like it at all.  It was a bit too provencial for me.. not robust.  I really felt like I needed a good hearty mixed green salad, or vegatable ragout with it.

  • almonds

    I am so sorry, I’ll neither make or order this dish.  The picture lacks color, the ingredients sound too heavy & greasy, so unlike the Maggiano recipes we’ve come to know & love.  Not our dish of pasta!   Sorry!

  • Just Saying!

    This gets my vote! I like the variations and that it has a completely different offer to the palate (spelling?).  Anyhow… awesome combinations and as to the fat/calories/etc. I’d say offer one for the Barone Brothers and one for Debra (healthy version) and serve one, other, or 1/2 and 1/2 and see what wins.  Healthy is needed and appreciated!

  • Requiredfield

    While I appreciate your sharing the reduced calorie version, and I really do. Skip the lecture and hop down off the soap box.

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