Italian Drunken Noodles RECIPE – Pappardelle Pasta W/ Ground Italian Sausage & Peppers

Ever have the Thai version of drunken noodle? I have and it is hands down one of my all-time favorite Thai dishes. If you love that version of drunken noodle then I am confident that you will love this Italian Drunken Noodles recipe I am sharing today! Italian drunken noodles is a family fave and for good reason~ it is a unique dish with an exciting flavor profile thanks to the white wine and fresh basil. It combines delicious pappardelle egg noodle pasta with ground Italian sausage and three colors of thinly sliced bell peppers. And oh yes, you gotta have that white wine in there. The Chardonnay is an essential and key ingredient. How else would your noodles get drunk?

Italian Drunken Noodle with a glass of Chardonnay white wine

Italian Drunken Noodle with a glass of Chardonnay white wine

Italian Drunken Noodles recipe and how you get them drunk

The Chardonnay white wine really is the star of the show with this Italian Drunken Noodles dish. You do not need to have anything pricey to work with. A cheap, affordable bottle will do. If you do not want to use an actual bottle of wine you can use a bottle of cooking wine to flavor this dish. I use 3/4 of a cup of wine in this recipe and allow it to cook down and reduce. It lends a potent flavor to the noodles and the rest of the dish.

Don’t forget the fresh basil leaves

With the Thai version of drunken noodle, there is always an abundance of Thai basil leaves in the meal. In this Italian Drunken Noodles recipe, there is no shortage of basil! I tend to use quite a bit when I whip up these drunken noodles. The basil really infuses the noodles with a unique flavor. The basil is a powerful herb so if you are not a basil fan you can just skip this ingredient but it will not have as strong of a flavor. I cook the basil in my dish and down below in this post you will see that I top the dish with even more!

Finish it off

If you are like me then you have to have your cheese on top of your pasta dish. I love to have fresh Parmesan cheese on my Italian Drunken Noodles. Skip the Kraft Parmesan and always choose fresh. If you have any extra basil leftover you can cut that into thin strips and top your dish with more basil. I love basil and I cannot get enough of it. The more the merrier I say!

 

Have you ever had drunken noodle? I hope you enjoyed this Italian Drunken Noodles recipe! Leave me a comment and let me know if you will be giving this a whirl!


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Italian Drunken Noodles, Pappardelle Pasta Recipe W/ Ground Italian Sausage & Peppers -RECIPE - A Family Favorite
This Italian Drunken Noodles recipe is the Italian version of the Thai drunken noodle dish. The Chardonnay wine lends an aromatic taste and smell to the long egg noodles.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
people
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. I like to use a heavy-duty dutch oven for this dish. A large pot will work well or a big saute pan with high sides. I warm 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil up and then put the ground Italian sausage inside the pot on a medium-high heat setting. You should also season your meat with the Italian seasonings, garlic salt, and pepper at this point. Continue cooking until slightly browned a cooked thoroughly.
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  2. Once the Italian sausage is done browning, remove it from the pot and place it in a container. You will be using it again soon.
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  3. Begin boiling the water for your pappardelle pasta. Do the next steps while you wait for the water to boil. Boil the noodles until al dente.
  4. Keep the remnants (fat) of the cooked sausage in the bottom of the pot. You will be caramelizing your onions in this flavorful fat. If you need to add more olive oil to the pot to cook the onions add very little. Once the onions begin caramelizing you can put your minced garlic in the pot along with the onions.
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  5. Now comes the fun part! I pour in 3/4 of a cup of Chardonnay into the pot with the garlic and onion mixture. I do this at a medium-high setting and continuing cooking until the wine becomes a bit reduced.
  6. Place your sliced red and yellow peppers into the pot and cook them until slightly softened.
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  7. Well drain your can of diced tomatoes and place those in the pot. Warm them up.
  8. Hopefully at this point your noodles have boiled and ready to be drained. Please make sure they are cooked al dente.
  9. Place the ground sausage back into the pot on a low-medium setting.
  10. Add a little bit of chopped basil to the pot as well to give it a nice punch of flavor.
  11. Place your cooked pasta in the pot and stir it all up until well incorporated.
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  12. Serve and enjoy. This dish pairs well with the wine you used to cook the dish.
Recipe Notes

This recipe can also be vegetarian if the meat is omitted.

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