Valentines Day is fast approaching and it’s one of my favourite days of the year. I’m not a girl who’s fussy on getting boxes of chocolates or bouquets of roses on V-Day… I don’t even want a card. What I do want is some together time and maybe a nice foot rub. What Hubs wants is a nice meal, the way to his heart is definitely though his stomach.
I found this recipe on Olivieri’s website and thought it would be perfect for a quiet dinner for two, even if you have to wait until the kiddos go to bed to enjoy it. I halved the original recipe and adjusted it slightly to our tastes… my tummy doesn’t like anything too spicy lately. Why did I halve the recipe? The key to a romantic dinner is enjoy yourself and your meal but not be so full that you fall asleep on the couch, if you know what I’m sayin’.
Little Devil’s Sausage Borsetti for 2 – Adapted from Olivieri
- 2 slices bacon, diced (I used Maple Leaf Lazy Maple)
- 1/2 cup smoked sausage, sliced or quartered (I used Kielbasa instead of a hot variety)
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp packed brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 container (300g) Olivieri Marinara sauce
- 1/2 package (300g) Olivieri Italian Sausage Borsetti
- Grated parmesan cheese for serving
Heat a large skillet over medium-high and cook bacon until slightly crisp. Add sausage and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Add onion and garlic and continue to cook until onions are translucent. Stir in the balsamic, Worcestershire, brown sugar and oregano. Continue to cook until onions are caramelized, about 10-15 minutes. Pour in marinara sauce and bring to a simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water according to the package directions. Drain well. Add to the skillet of sauce, toss and serve with grated parmesan cheese. We also tried the Olivieri Garlic Bread for the first time with this dish and it is fantastic.
Besides featuring romantic recipes like this one on their website, making red heart-shaped ravioli (oh yes!), Olivieri is also running a contest right now that will see the winner heading off to a day at their favourite spa. For more information and to enter, please go to http://www.winwitholivieri.com. You can also find Olivieri ideas and info on their Facebook page.
Disclosure: I am a member of the MLF Connects program. As part of my participation in this program I have received compensation, however all opinions in place and ideas on this blog are my own and genuine.