Penne Al Fresco

This is a recipe from Cafe Giovanni/Al Fresco that were wonderful restaurants in Denver in the 1990’s. I had the opportunity to work there and remember this recipe as one of my favorites. I was thrilled when a chef friend of mine said she had just made it and I am making it right now!! I found the recipe in a friend’s cookbook called Recipe Please that is full of classic Denver restaurant recipes.Penne Al Fresco

1.5# Italian Sausage, I used sweet, and cut out of the links into bulk style
1 c. diced yellow onion
1-2 T olive oil
1 c. white wine
28 oz. whole Tomatoes, San Marzano if you can find them
1 c. sun dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 t. red pepper flakes
1 T. oregano
1 T. basil
3 c. heavy cream
1 c. Parmesan, grated
1# Penne or Ziti pasta
Fresh Basil
Penne Al Fresco
Saute sausage in 1 T. olive oil until thoroughly cooked. Drain and reserve. Add ! T. olive oil and sauce onion until translucent. Add white wine and reduce by half. Add both of the tomatoes,spices,herbs and cooked sausage and cook 45 minutes. Add cream and Parmesan and cook until thickened. Cook pasta according to package directions. Toss pasta with sauce until coated. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.

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2 thoughts on “Penne Al Fresco

  1. Meg Cusack May 2, 2016 / 8:15 am

    This looks great, Anne. Thanks for posting!

  2. Suzette May 2, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Looking forward to trying this beautiful sauce!

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