A Cozy Pasta: Italian Drunken Noodles, and Shaking Things up a Bit

Italian Drunken Noodles

From time to time, life needs to be shaken up just a little to keep things fresh and moving in a forward direction; to keep the circulation strong so that stagnation doesn’t set in in various areas.

I would liken life to a jug of unfiltered orange or apple juice in that after a while, if you don’t shake the jug, all the good fruity stuff—the tasty pulp—will accumulate and sort of “settle” at the bottom, leaving the liquid left at the top to taste weak and diluted, lacking the depth and fullness of its potential flavor. It may taste “OK” or “so-so”, but not especially vibrant or memorable.

And let’s be honest: it’s quite easy to lose interest when somethings is just “OK” or “so-so”, isn’t it?

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But if that jug of delicious unfiltered juice is shaken up on a regular basis, those sweet sediments will disperse throughout the glorious liquid, revitalizing each cold glass poured, so that each sip is as full-bodied and as flavorful as it can possibly be.

I imagine our existence that way; that if we don’t stop to shake up that “juice jug” that is our life from time to time, we can’t really expect life to remain as interesting and flavorful as it could ultimately be. We’ll just keep right on drinking the watery liquid at the top, and over time end up feeling like things are a bit bland and not know quite why.

Deviating from our “norm”, or departing from what is routine and familiar, can make us nervous; I mean, who prefers to be outside of their comfort zone?

But sometimes, that’s exactly the “shake up” that’s needed.

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Who says things always have to be one way, or approached in the same way? Why not turn things on their heads every once in a while and see how that can inspire some refreshment for the soul? Some movement and betterment?

In all candor, I personally find myself hungry and thirsty for that very thing right now (perhaps all this talk of fresh-squeezed/fresh-pressed juice doesn’t help), and it’s something that I felt compelled to share, because I know this is not unique to me. It’s a “human thing”.

I’ve been going through a stage where I’m realizing that my life could surely be even more “fuller tasting” than it is, and I’m stubborn enough, in a good way, to want to experience that deeper flavor; I know that it’s there, waiting for me to desire it.

The remedy is quite simple: it requires a stepping out of the comfort zone that I’ve created without even meaning to—to shake up my “juice jug” and let all of the deep, sweet flavors mix together again and flow for optimal enjoyment.

I long to see new things, experience new things, learn new things, taste new things.

Who knows just what might happen? A life well-lived, most likely.

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All of the above holds true in regards to food and recipes as well.

Often, a familiar dish is perceived in one way and one way only; but does it have to be that way? Why can’t a beloved favorite be made in a fresh and different way?

I like to take the essence of something that I do know, and create something else that I haven’t yet had; to take bits and pieces—the elements—that are reminiscent of a familiar dish and make a completely new one out of them, an original, to keep things fun and interesting for myself when it comes to cooking and eating.

I love using inspiration as my guide when it comes to food, the same way I try to use it when it comes to everyday living.

So when I sat down to come up with a few comforting and cozy pasta recipes to share over the next few posts, I thought back on a scrumptiously unique and tasty Thai noodle dish called “Drunken” Noodles that I used to get quite often from a nearby restaurant that has since relocated, and imagined how delicious it could be to make an Italian version of the dish. Why not, right?

Food is a great place to step out of a comfort zone, to shake things up and redistribute all of the flavor possibilities; it keeps things creative and different, and keeps the curiosity piqued. I love it.

And as always, with food there are no rules, in my humble opinion—only one requirement: that it tastes good. Check.

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Italian Drunken Noodles | thecozyapron.com

Once we give voice to a concept, once we speak the words or put a thought out there into the world, we’re now responsible for it.

That means that there’s nothing to hide behind, no way to feign naivete any longer. Action is required, and action is just the physical representation of the spiritual change.

I want the best out of my human existence; I want the best out of what has been given me in the form of my life.

So that means that things need to be examined and refreshed from time to time, for the nectar of life to be shaken up so that more joy, fulfillment and understanding can be had; and so that, ultimately, nothing is taken for granted.

Out with the “eh”, the “OK” and the “so-so”, and in with the “WOW!” and the vibrancy that is all around.

Life is abundantly full of deep, complex flavors meant for each of us to experience; and really, I can’t think of a better first-step towards experiencing that than some slick, saucy little “drunken” noodles twirled around my fork right about now.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 3, 2013, 10:27 pm

    I’m totally swooning over this! And yes, I am definitely gung-ho about this “drunken” twist. It’s very much needed during the weeknights!

    • The Cozy Apron March 4, 2013, 6:05 am

      Ha, ha! Thanks for stopping by, Chung-Ah – hope you give this one a try!

  • Eileen Hall March 4, 2013, 6:50 am

    Now this is what I call a real noodle dish. I really love something that has a lot of meat and tomato in it. Reminds me of the awesome spaghetti that my grandma used to make but only in a different mix. Got to try it to tell the difference.

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog March 8, 2013, 6:29 am

    This is an absolutely stunning dish, Ingrid; perfect for a weeknight meal. I think this is going on my menu for next week. Thank you!

    • The Cozy Apron March 8, 2013, 1:11 pm

      Hi Jennie – thank you! Glad to have you stop by!

      • Shantel Mayfield August 3, 2015, 2:43 pm

        This looks Amazing! !! My son actually sent me the link for me to look at, because OF COURSE he wants me to cook it lol! Im off work later this week, so definitely giving it a try!!! THANKS!

  • Debbie March 10, 2013, 11:52 am

    This looks like a big yum!

  • Catrina zografos March 11, 2013, 3:50 pm

    I made this tonight cause my husband saw it and said it looked so good!! The only thing I did differently was I used chicken sausage instead of Italian sausage because the hubby doesn’t like Italian sausage…and can I just say that this is absolutely ahhmazzing!!! This is defiantely going into my recipe book, and will be a staple at my house!!! Thanks!!!

    • The Cozy Apron March 11, 2013, 4:48 pm

      Catrina, that’s great! I’m so happy that you and your hubby enjoyed this, and that it’ll go into your recipe rotation – thank you for coming back to share your experience with me!

  • Gail March 12, 2013, 3:49 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight – DELICIOUS!! Thank you!

    • The Cozy Apron March 12, 2013, 7:43 pm

      Gail, that’s great – my pleasure! I love happy bellies, so thank you for sharing your feedback!

  • Mary March 13, 2013, 12:20 pm

    I couldn’t find Pappardelle noodles. Never heard of them. So I bought Campanelle instead. Gonna start cooking soon.

  • Katie B March 14, 2013, 6:30 pm

    Made this wonderful dish for my family tonight and it was absolutely OUTSTANDING!!!! Everyone cleaned their plates!! I did add about a half cup of halved cherubs with the bell peppers which I thought added a nice texture. Thank you so much for posting this recipe,it was extremely easy to follow and turned out excellent! I will definitely be back for more dinner ideas!!!

    • The Cozy Apron March 14, 2013, 7:49 pm

      Hi Katie! I’m so excited that the meal went over well, and that, apparently, you didn’t have to do any dishes afterwards, haha! 😉 Thank you for stopping by – I do hope you come on back and browse around for some more recipes to try out to share with your loved ones!

  • Thelma March 14, 2013, 7:23 pm

    Love, love this recipe! Thanks

  • Kimmy March 17, 2013, 1:07 pm

    I made this today, and it was DELICIOUS!!! I substituted the Pappardelle noodles with large egg noodles because my store didn’t have them. This dish will be added to the rotation. You have a new reader to you blog. Thanks for sharing :-)

  • Kerri March 17, 2013, 6:44 pm

    Wow!! Made this tonight and it was AMAZING!! My husband and I loved all of the different flavors that came together so perfectly! This will definitely be put into the regular rotation of meals! Thanks!

    • The Cozy Apron March 17, 2013, 7:02 pm

      Kerri, thank you much! What a beautiful thing it is for a couple to have a tasty, home-cooked meal together; I’m so glad you both enjoyed the recipe, and I appreciate that you came back to share your experience with me!

  • Katie March 17, 2013, 8:55 pm

    Made this dish tonight for my sausage lovin husband and we both loved it so much! It was fantastic and we can’t wait to make it again! It was so light yet filling, definintly going to be a regular in our home! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. :)

  • Michele March 18, 2013, 6:10 pm

    I made this dish tonight, after driving in the snow and sleet just to get to a store that actually carried Pappardelle Noodles and it was SOOOO worth it. I loved the dish as did my Hubby :)

    • The Cozy Apron March 19, 2013, 6:42 am

      Boy, am I glad to hear that the recipe was worth driving in the snow & sleet for – whew! 😉 (Now that’s what you call devotion to good food!) Michele, thank you so much for giving the recipe a try – so happy both you and your husband enjoyed it!

  • Patricia March 19, 2013, 7:30 am

    In an admitted “food rut”! Can’t wait to give this a try tonight. Being an adult student (38 and a Junior in College) and 5 kids at home, anything that is quick and tasty definitely gets my attention! Thank you for sharing!

  • sarah March 19, 2013, 9:51 am

    I have a question? If im not a wine drinker is there anything i can subsitute it with?

  • The Cozy Apron March 19, 2013, 2:09 pm

    Hi Sarah, great question! There’s really not a substitution I can suggest, but you can just leave the wine out without any worries; the pasta dish will still taste great. Enjoy!

    • Trudy O March 2, 2016, 1:14 pm

      We absolutely LOVE this dishes. One of my husband’s favorites for sure. We substitute the wine with chicken broth and just use wide noodles. Thanks so much!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog March 20, 2013, 1:11 pm

    I made this dish last week, and it was a hit. I loved it. My husband loved it. My friends loved it. It was so good, not to mention, so very easy to make. Thank you so much for the lovely recipe.

    • The Cozy Apron March 20, 2013, 4:40 pm

      Hey, that’s wonderful Jennie! So glad all of you enjoyed it – thanks for sharing that!

  • Lynne March 21, 2013, 7:22 am

    This sounds SO good! I will definitely be trying it soon!! One question though, sadly my boyfriend is not a tomato fan. He’s fine with spaghetti sauce and ketchup and other “tomatoey” things, but chunks of tomatoes are a no go. (Yes I know, it’s strange, but I love him, so I deal with it. lol 😉 ) All that being said, any ideas on what to do without the tomatoes in it? Should I just use a little tomato juice so it still gets the needed moisture? I know it won’t be the same, but it was the first thought I had. I’m open to any suggestions!

    • The Cozy Apron March 21, 2013, 2:29 pm

      Hi Lynn, what a good girlfriend you are! 😉 Listen, you can just substitute tomato “sauce” (plain, in the same section/ store shelf) rather that the “diced” tomatoes; it is pureed, so he won’t have those chunks of tomatoes that he doesn’t like. Enjoy!

      • Lynne March 25, 2013, 11:22 am

        Wow, not sure why I didn’t think of that myself, lol..
        Thanks!! :)

        • The Cozy Apron March 25, 2013, 4:03 pm

          Too funny, Lynne – I’ve been there many times myself… 😉

    • Lisa February 26, 2015, 4:43 am

      my son and I don’t care for chunks of tomato either. I used crushed tomatoes and it worked great! It still has some texture to it but really no pieces. I did need to add a pinch of sugar to the final sauce, but it was so delicious! I can’t wait to make it again.

  • alice March 22, 2013, 5:49 pm

    We really enjoyed this! We made ours with turkey sausage and it was absolutely delish. Next time will definitely make with pork sausage since we think that will be an even better choice. Can’t wait to enjoy again.

  • Marcia March 22, 2013, 8:52 pm

    This dish looks delicious! I am going to make it next week. I loved your post about shaking things up too! This is my first time here and won’t be my last!

    • The Cozy Apron March 23, 2013, 7:46 am

      Well thank you for stopping by the site, Marcia! Enjoy preparing this recipe!

  • Melissa F. March 23, 2013, 1:27 pm

    Hubby and I aren’t really into spices or sausage, could I used hamburger meat instead?

  • Bev March 23, 2013, 5:21 pm

    Do you mean white wine? This sounds really really good.

    • The Cozy Apron March 23, 2013, 6:36 pm

      Oops! I just noticed the boo-boo in the recipe; yes, I meant to say white wine. Thanks, Bev!

      • Carmel March 31, 2013, 9:04 am

        That’s what happens when you cook with alcohol…ha-ha!

  • Katherine March 24, 2013, 1:39 pm

    I fixed this last night for dinner and LOVED it! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  • Meghan B March 24, 2013, 5:09 pm

    I made this tonight with homemade pasta – it was delicious!

  • Kirsten W. March 24, 2013, 6:35 pm

    I found this recipe via Iowa Girl Eats and I’m glad I did. I made it for dinner tonight and it was delicious! My first time trying Pappardelle noodles, yum – I used sweet Italian Turkey sausage instead of spicy, and it was still great!

  • R. Hill March 25, 2013, 1:46 pm

    I’ve made this dish twice to rave reviews. One shortcut: Use ground Italian sausage.

  • Mari March 25, 2013, 3:57 pm

    Amazing, soo good!

  • Kathy March 26, 2013, 4:44 pm

    This is my first time to your blog, and I found this recipe on Pintrest. I just made it for dinner and it was amazing. Something about the flavor took me back to something that my Italian grandfather made when I was a little girl that I had long since forgotten. Sweet memory.

    • The Cozy Apron March 31, 2013, 5:28 pm

      Kathy, it’s a wonderful thing when a meal can bring back some cherished memories from childhood; thank you for coming back to comment and share your experience preparing this dish!

  • Teresa March 26, 2013, 5:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I just made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit with the entire family, including my sort of picky hubby. My two year old would have had a third helping, but daddy nixed that as he wanted some leftover to take for lunch tomorrow. I know I will be making this again soon.

    • The Cozy Apron March 31, 2013, 5:25 pm

      Aw, that’s precious Teresa! So glad that you and your family enjoyed this recipe – thanks for sharing that!

  • Judy Hill March 29, 2013, 8:50 am

    This looks so amazing. Going out to shop for the ingredients so hubby and I can have a lovely meal together tonight.


    • The Cozy Apron March 29, 2013, 11:02 am

      That’s just precious, Judy! And I hope that you and your hubby will enjoy this meal and your time together. Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Diane March 30, 2013, 7:06 am

    Just wondering if you can use chicken broth instead of wine i really want to try this recipe

    • The Cozy Apron March 30, 2013, 7:12 pm

      Sure Diane, that’s fine; or, you can just omit the wine altogether, without a worry. Enjoy!

  • ADDIE March 30, 2013, 7:06 am


    • The Cozy Apron March 30, 2013, 7:11 pm

      Hi Addie, they should be in the pasta noodle section of your market; but if they don’t have them, just go ahead and use a wide egg noodle pasta.

      • Lesley May 16, 2013, 8:13 am

        I used fettuchini because I could not find pappardelle either.

  • Becky H March 31, 2013, 4:15 pm

    I just made this for dinner (with whole wheat spaghetti), and it was fantastic! Even my bell pepper-avoiding boyfriend ate every last red/yellow/orange strip! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

    • The Cozy Apron March 31, 2013, 5:31 pm

      Becky, that’s great! The whole wheat spaghetti is a wonderful and healthy substitution, and I’m so happy this recipe turned out to be a tasty meal for both you and your boyfriend!

    • William E. July 6, 2013, 11:39 am

      Okay, this has to be the first time I have ever commented on a recipe before. Amazing. I made it just as it is, which almost never happens with me. LOL. I just could not think of something to change. I used my own home made fresh Italian Sausage.

      As for finding Pappardelle: Go to the fresh pasta section and purchase a tub of lasagna noodles and cut them into 1 inch strips. Then boil your homemade pappardelle about 5 minutes or so. It cooks much faster than dried pasta obviously. The texture and taste of the fresh pasta was amazing. I’ve never really used fresh pasta before and now I’m not sure I want to go back. It’s pricier, but hey, I never eat out. I find the pappardelle really makes the dish shine.

      Thanks so much!!!

      • The Cozy Apron July 6, 2013, 4:47 pm

        Hey, thank you William! I feel honored that my recipe was worthy of a comment! :-) And the homemade Italian sausage sounds absolutely delicious – yum! Thank you for sharing…

  • Stacy April 2, 2013, 7:25 pm

    I found your recipe from The Brown Eyed Bakers site on Friday and made this for dinner tonight. So good!! Made closer to 6-8 servings for us, but leftovers are great! Thanks so much, can’t wait to check out your other recipes!

    • The Cozy Apron April 2, 2013, 9:59 pm

      Glad to have you stop by the site, Stacy! Thank you for sharing how your din-din turned out, and I do hope you find some more recipes that you can enjoy with your family!

  • Lisa Matula April 4, 2013, 1:22 pm

    This recipe is amazing! I just made it for dinner tonight and I can’t even begin to tell you how fantastic it is! I also couldn’t find the pappardelle noodles so I used wide egg noodles. They worked just fine. This will definitely be a regular meal in my house. Thank you!

    • The Cozy Apron April 4, 2013, 3:17 pm

      Hi Lisa, thank you for sharing your enjoyment of the recipe with me! Glad you were able to substitute some wide egg noodles for the pappardelle.

  • krisKristin Dimarco April 7, 2013, 4:13 pm

    I have never commented on anything from Pinterest but I had to tell you how amazing this was. My family loved it. Only thing I added was fresh chunks of a really good parmigiano cheese on top. Will make this ALOT!

    • The Cozy Apron April 7, 2013, 5:49 pm

      Thank you so much for your comments! And what a delicious addition the chunks of good, salty parmigiano are – I’m sure they took the flavors over the top! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Mary April 7, 2013, 5:40 pm

    I wanted to tell you I came across your recipe on Pinterest. So I pinned it, it just looked so delicious. Well I received 61 pins and nine likes already! I can’t wait to make it! Have a great day!

    • The Cozy Apron April 7, 2013, 5:51 pm

      Mary, I truly think you will enjoy this tasty dish; very simple, but it has all of those complex flavors we all love in a good pasta dish. Thanks for sharing with me!

  • Julie April 11, 2013, 4:13 pm

    How long does it tale to make? I need to know for a meal management project for my foods class.

    • The Cozy Apron April 11, 2013, 8:35 pm

      Hi Julie, once you’ve already cooked the pasta (that takes about 12 minutes or so) then preparing the dish is only about 12-15 minutes, I believe. Hope that helps!

      • Julie April 12, 2013, 11:09 am

        Yes it does, thanks. Can’t wait to make it!

  • Robin April 14, 2013, 2:51 pm

    I made this tonight, husband isn’t into chunky tomatoes so used a 14.5 oz can of tomato sauce and used fettuccine noodles. He loved it will be lunch for him tomorrow too.

    • The Cozy Apron April 14, 2013, 3:49 pm

      Robin, that’s so great – hubby’s lunch! I’m thrilled you guys enjoyed the dish, and your substitution for tomato sauce was perfect; easy peasy, right? Thank you for the comments!

  • Carmen April 14, 2013, 4:29 pm

    OMG this was excellent! Thank you so very much for sharing. We made it for dinner tonight and it is taking all of my will power to not run to get seconds. I can’t wait to eat the left overs for lunch tomorrow.

    • The Cozy Apron April 14, 2013, 8:35 pm

      It’ll be perfect for lunch tomorrow, Carmen – it’ll taste even richer then! Thank you for commenting.

  • Claire April 14, 2013, 7:20 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight, it was fantastic! My husband ate 3 servings. Thanks for posting, it was a great spin on plain ole’ spaghetti. We will be having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

    • The Cozy Apron April 14, 2013, 8:36 pm

      So happy to hear that both you and your hubby enjoyed this dish! Thanks for stopping by to share your comments and experience with the recipe!

  • Tam April 15, 2013, 8:31 am

    I looked through my kitchen and I have everything to make this for dinner tonight! Even the noodles!

    • The Cozy Apron April 15, 2013, 3:47 pm

      Yeay! Perfect! Don’t you just love when that happens?! Thanks for stopping by Tam.

  • Cynthia C. April 15, 2013, 9:32 am

    This recipe was perfection. I subtituted penne for the pappardelle but otherwise followed the directions to the letter. I’ve made many pasta dishes, but I must say this has to be one of the tastiest. Thank you for publishing this wonderful recipe.

  • Tam April 15, 2013, 7:44 pm

    Well, that was absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

  • Vero April 15, 2013, 10:42 pm

    Hi there! So I hit up my grocery store today and bought “almost” everything I need. I feel like a dork for asking but what’s “Italian seasoning”? Also, I don’t normally cook with wine so I was standing like a dummy in the liquor aisle and had no clue what I should buy. I forgot you said a Chardonnay and ended up buying a moscato white wine. Will that do? And will fettuccini noodles work? I also didn’t find the ones you list. Thanks a bunch!!!

    • The Cozy Apron April 16, 2013, 6:52 am

      Hi Vero, “Italian Seasoning” is just a combination of Italian-type dry herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage all in one bottle. You should be able to find it in the spice section of your store. And if fettucini noodles and moscato wine are what you have, then those will be just fine – no worries! The wine may be a bit sweet, but it should be OK. Have fun – hope you enjoy!

      • Vero April 16, 2013, 9:44 am

        Thanks a bunch! I think I’ll just drink the moscato and go look for the Chardonnay today 😉

  • Tam April 16, 2013, 4:44 am

    Just so everyone knows, I found the noodles at Trader Joe’s.

  • Mary April 17, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Made this tonight for supper and it was simply Delish! Can’t wait for my son-in-law to try it!

    • The Cozy Apron April 17, 2013, 6:20 pm

      How precious of you to want to share this with your son-in-law, Mary! So glad you enjoyed…thanks for taking a moment to comment!

  • Erin April 20, 2013, 7:40 pm

    I’ve never commented on a recipe before, but I made this tonight & it was GREAT! Thank you!

    • The Cozy Apron April 21, 2013, 11:52 am

      Hi Erin, I’m honored to have received your first comment on a recipe – thank you! So happy you enjoyed this enough to come back and share your experience with me!

  • Kara April 25, 2013, 3:45 am

    This is fantastic! I used some “spicy” chicken italian sausage, which was yummy although not that spicy! Next time, I’ll try to find something spicier (or do you think I could just add a little bit of red pepper flakes?) Still-extremely tasty and I can’t wait to have for lunch!

    • The Cozy Apron April 25, 2013, 7:10 am

      Thanks, Kara! Yes, you can absolutely add in some red pepper flakes; you seem like my kind of gal, haha! 😉 Enjoy your lunch…

  • Sara April 25, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Found this recipe on Pinterest and made it last month. It IS pretty delicious but I just gotta say with the layout on your page, it is incredibly difficult to follow the directions. It would be nice to have a breakup of the text. Thanks!

    • The Cozy Apron April 25, 2013, 4:54 pm

      Thank you for your comments, Sara. We’re always looking for ways to make the recipes as easy and clear for people to follow as possible, and do realize that perhaps a few more break-ups in the text would be helpful. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Casey Neils April 26, 2013, 5:33 pm

    Have you doubled this recipe before? Would it be double of everything or do you put less wine, tomatoes, etc?

    Going to make this tomorrow…excited!

    • The Cozy Apron April 26, 2013, 7:42 pm

      Hi Casey! I would just say to go ahead and double all of the ingredients so that you won’t be short on any flavors. The only things to keep in mind are that you’ll need a larger pot to prepare things in, and that the sautéing/browning, the steps, may take a little longer as there will be more ingredients to cook down or reduce. Otherwise, you should be OK doubling up. Please enjoy!

      • Casey April 28, 2013, 4:44 pm

        Hello. Just wanted to say I made this last night and it was amazing! Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

        • The Cozy Apron April 29, 2013, 5:59 am

          Casey, so glad you came back to let me know how the “doubling” turned out – thanks for that! So happy the recipe went well, and that it was enjoyed!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker April 26, 2013, 11:02 pm

    Looks sensational! I love spicy Italian sausages so I know I’ll love this dish. Your photos are gorgeous, by the way. Lovely post…

  • Kathy Anderson April 29, 2013, 5:45 pm

    5stars for this one! A definite keeper. Amazing flavors that blend so well together. Only change was using egg noodles. Thanks for sharing.

  • Julie April 30, 2013, 4:26 am

    I made this last night with hot Italian Turkey Sausage and fettuccini (couldn’t find the others, even at Whole Foods!). Since my family like things “Thai hot” I added some red pepper flakes. Wow – delish! Best of all is the wonderful lingering aromas this morning in the house….I’m going to make this again! Thanks for posting it!

    • The Cozy Apron May 2, 2013, 2:57 pm

      Hi Julie! It’s funny some of the things that Whole Foods doesn’t have…if you have a Trader Joe’s near you, they have the pappardelle noodles & spicy Italian sausage, if you’re interested next time. I love that you added red pepper flakes, as I’m a huge fan of super spicy food, as well! So happy you gave this recipe a try!

  • Jennifer May 2, 2013, 12:52 pm

    I came across this on Pinterest and made it today…IT IS DELICIOUS! I didn’t have any wine so just substituted chicken broth instead, and didn’t have any long noodles, so used bowtie pasta instead. Delish!!!!! I can’t wait to eat this again tomorrow then the noodles will soak up all of that yummy sauce!

    • The Cozy Apron May 2, 2013, 2:54 pm

      That’s just perfect, Jennifer! Great substitutions…Glad you enjoyed, and it’ll be super yummy tomorrow, too! 😉

  • Becky May 5, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Hello there! I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and we made it today for Sunday lunch. It was perfect! So yummy. we are keeping it in our recipe file. A couple of things I did different: I didn’t have a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes so I used 1 14 oz can I had on hand and a can of tomato sauce. I used White cooking wine. And I couldn’t find the type of pasta you used so we used bow tie pasta. SOOOO GOOD!!! thank you for sharing.

    • The Cozy Apron May 5, 2013, 3:18 pm

      Hi Becky, thank YOU for sharing how you liked the recipe! Wonderful way to substitute ingredients in a pinch – all of the flavors are still there, just in slightly different form, right? So glad you all enjoyed this for a Sunday lunch – that’s just precious; and I’m honored that this recipe will be a part of the recipe file, as well! 😉

  • Rachelle of Mommy? I'm Hungry! May 14, 2013, 5:58 pm

    Your photos sold me on this dish, YUM!!! So I made this tonight but made gluten free pasta from scratch (my first time making pasta!). For the dish, I accidentally bought pureed toms with basil (which I use all the time) and mild chicken italian sausage (with added red pepper flakes)and it came out great! I will be sharing your recipe linked on my blog soon …

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

    • The Cozy Apron May 15, 2013, 3:15 pm

      Rachelle, congrats on making your pasta from scratch – I’m totally impressed! 😉 I’m so happy that the recipe turned out great for you, and your substitutions were delicious, I’m sure. Thanks for coming back to share your experience with me!

  • Lesley May 16, 2013, 8:09 am

    I made this last night for dinner and we LOVED it! My husband and I were crazy about this dish. This is my favorite Pinterest dish I have made. It was so flavorful and tasty. I will make this again and again. I am sharing with all my family members too. THANK YOU!

    • The Cozy Apron May 16, 2013, 12:39 pm

      That is so awesome, Lesley! I’m thrilled that the recipe was a hit, and that you feel it’s worth sharing – that’s the best kind of compliment I could get. Glad you and your hubby enjoyed!

  • amy May 17, 2013, 8:15 am

    hi! so this might be a dumb question but does the alcohol cook off in this dish? i would love to make it for dinner tonight but we share what we eat with our little one who is only 10 months old. obviously dont want him having any wine, hehe, so will it be ok for him to eat it or should I just omit the wine? (I don’t want to lose out on any flavor if I can avoid it!)

    • The Cozy Apron May 17, 2013, 11:52 am

      Amy, can I tell you how absolutely precious you are, and what a good mamma, too? Rest assured that the alcohol in the wine does cook off; since you’re going to be reducing it down until it’s almost gone after you add it, you will really only be left with the flavor, not the alcohol. But if you’re still not comfortable using it, I would just tell you to omit it; go with your own gut, and don’t worry about the flavor being sacrificed too much. This recipe is rich and flavorful enough that if you choose to skip the wine, the dish won’t suffer for it. Enjoy your dinner together as a family! 😉

  • Candi May 21, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Amy – you can deglaze with chicken broth instead of wine, too. I love the name of this recipe – been making this for a long time, but now I have a great name for it! Thanks! Oh, and Trader Joe’s has great pappardelle in 8 oz pkgs (with the dry pastas).

  • Kelly May 22, 2013, 6:39 am

    I loved this recipe. The whole Family wanted more.. delicious

  • Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon May 22, 2013, 7:34 pm

    Wow, this must be good by the looks of all the traffic. This needs to go on the menu.

  • Debi May 23, 2013, 9:38 pm

    I ate something similar to this at California Pizza Kitchen years ago (no longer on the menu). I began making it at home and it has become one of my “go to” recipes since it is so quick and easy. The only real difference is that I use a red onion and instead of seasoning, wine, tomatoes, I use a jar of spaghetti sauce. I usually use penne-but I think your presentation with the noodles looks fancier! I also think that using the tomatoes will make it lighter (I use the petite diced-eliminates that “large chunks of tomato” problem). Can’t wait to try your version.

  • Vin May 25, 2013, 8:00 pm

    Steller! This is true restaurant quality. One of those recipes where our results looked just like your photos :)
    Spicy, but not overbrearing with a wonderful aftertaste of flavor.

    We’ll be serving this for company and I know they’ll love it as much as we did. Thanks for the recipe.

    • The Cozy Apron May 25, 2013, 10:31 pm

      Hi Vin, thanks so much for your comments! So glad you you enjoyed the recipe well enough to serve to guests; what a nice compliment. Thanks for coming back to share with me!

  • Jaimie May 28, 2013, 7:40 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight. WOW! This is YUMMY! I used chicken broth instead of wine and I used Chicken sausage. This recipe will forever be in my Sunday family dinner rotation. Thank you :)

    • The Cozy Apron May 29, 2013, 1:24 pm

      Yeay! My pleasure – so happy you enjoyed! This is perfect for Sunday family dinner…

  • Lindsay June 6, 2013, 9:26 am

    What a wonderful introduction to your blog!I made this recipe for dinner last night (it was unseasonably chilly, and this seemed just perfect with a glass of red wine). We LOVED this pasta– I subbed canned fire roasted tomatoes in for the regular ones, and red wine instead of white, since I wanted to incorporate the flavor of what we were drinking. Otherwise, followed to a T, and we will definitely do this again. Thanks for the “dinspiration!”


    • The Cozy Apron June 6, 2013, 6:14 pm

      Lindsay, let me just say that I love that term, “dinspiration”! Thanks so much for taking some time to share how things turned out for you – the substitutions sound perfect, and I’m thrilled that you enjoyed this particularly cozy pasta dish on such a chilly evening; perfect!

  • Nadia June 13, 2013, 9:17 am

    I made this last night for supper. OH MY GOOD! is all I have to say. THANK YOU

  • Susan Otto June 20, 2013, 4:18 pm

    I had to comment on this dish. I have made it three times and every time I’ve made it everyone has loved it. I saw this on pinterest and and what a success. Thank you, thank you!

    • The Cozy Apron June 20, 2013, 5:07 pm

      Thank you so much for that, Susan! So glad you’ve enjoyed this!

  • diane June 20, 2013, 5:40 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. Lots of chopping, but well worth it. Good flavors. Found the noodles at an Italian market and bought the spinach variety. Made a very colorful dish. This is a keeper.

  • Berni June 25, 2013, 12:25 am

    I made this tonight and my family loved it. This is a keeper. My oldest son said to make plenty next time.

    • The Cozy Apron June 25, 2013, 11:03 am

      Hi Bernie! Thank you for your comment; sound like you’ve got your marching orders for next time, haha! 😉

  • Joan June 30, 2013, 12:35 pm

    This looks and sounds like the kind of food I like to eat. One thing, though, my husband doesn’t like sausage. Wondering if I could use lean ground beef instead, and also, what could I use instead of wine?

    • The Cozy Apron June 30, 2013, 5:48 pm

      Hi Joan! Yes, by all means use the ground beef – it’ll be delicious; and as far as a substitute for the wine, you can use chicken stock for a little kick of flavor. Enjoy!

  • jeanene June 30, 2013, 11:25 pm

    is there a different meat I can use instead of pork? have one in the family that wont eat pork

    • The Cozy Apron July 1, 2013, 6:03 am

      Hi Jeanene, you can sub ground beef or turkey/chicken sausage, instead.

  • Ayla July 14, 2013, 9:01 am

    WOW! Amazing recipe, can’t wait to make it again. I’m glad I went out of my way to track down these noodles, they are so worth it. And I was a little nervous about the oil added in at the end, I thought the saucy might end up kind of “oily” but I’m glad I went ahead and followed the recipe. Love it!

  • Rachel Adams July 15, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Made this last night, it was fantastic and will be a regular on our menu. Some recipes I’ve tried with simple ingredients lack flavor, but not this one. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Abbie July 17, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Made this with sweet rather than spicy Italian sausage. Liked it,but can see where the spicy would probably have been better. Hard to find the pasta, but I did, at an Italian market. Will definitely make again.

    • Kathy Frederick July 20, 2013, 7:07 pm

      I used mild rather than spicy and it was just the right amount of spice. :)

  • Kathy Frederick July 20, 2013, 7:00 pm

    I just wanted to say that these are SO GOOD. I had plenty left over and am having a hard time staying away from them!! Thank you!

  • Cassie Epperson July 24, 2013, 12:58 pm

    Made this for dinner a couple of nights ago and it was delicious! Unlike me, my family aren’t huge pasta fans. I could tell they weren’t happy when I placed it on the table, but after one taste, they said it needed to stay on the menu. Thanks!

    • The Cozy Apron July 24, 2013, 10:22 pm

      Cassie, that’s really great – how fun! Maybe you’ll make pasta “fans” of them yet, and the best part? You’ll get to keep enjoying your beloved pasta! 😉

  • Michelle July 25, 2013, 5:20 pm

    Awesome! Made this tonight and we all loved it. Could not find the noodles here in Great Falls, Montana so I used fresh fettuccine noodles. Again, yummy!

  • Marie August 6, 2013, 4:36 am

    I couldn’t wait to try this but I am afraid I didn’t something wrong…the sauce ended up quite watery, and I am wondering if I should have drained the tomatoes or let the wine reduce more? In your recipe you said reduce for a moment so I was a little confused. Any way it was still good but I want to try again, thanks for the help and recipe! :)

    • The Cozy Apron August 6, 2013, 11:02 am

      Hi Marie! Very easy fix: just go ahead and let the sauce reduce a little longer next time. You do want the juice from the canned tomatoes, it’s just an issue of allowing more evaporation to take place. (Perhaps my flame was set to a “higher” heat level than yours, so mine reduced quicker.) But here’s where you can just use your own discretion and allow it to reduce longer, until it’s less “watery” and a bit more saucy. Hope that helps!

      • Marie August 9, 2013, 7:10 pm

        That’s what I figured, thank you so much ! :-) I will return after I try It again!!

  • katy August 6, 2013, 7:31 pm

    Made this tonight for the hubby, we loved it!! I even made it extra special by making my own pasta!

  • Marissa August 11, 2013, 6:19 pm

    Oh my, this looks so incredible! Love the cultural fusion – I always order Drunken Noodles at Thai restaurants, and LOVE the idea of an Italian version.

    “And as always, with food there are no rules, in my humble opinion—only one requirement: that it tastes good.” Amen!

  • Aileen August 12, 2013, 6:39 pm

    I also stumbled across this recipe on pinterest. Wow! One of my favorite finds to date! I will definitely be making this again soon!
    P.S. The wine paired very nicely! Good call.

  • Tiffany August 19, 2013, 7:14 pm

    Thank you for a delicious recipe! My local grocery store didn’t have papperdelle noodles so I subbed in fettuccine noodles instead. I will definitely make this again!

  • Krisellen August 23, 2013, 10:44 pm

    This is very close to an old standby recipe within my family and I am looking forward to trying out this variation.. however, what truly “got me” was your words, your honesty and your willingness to share your fear/feeling of stagnation…
    touched a nerve,
    struck a chord,

    thank you.

    • The Cozy Apron August 24, 2013, 6:51 pm

      Krisellen, thank you so very much for sharing your thoughts with me; I always very deeply appreciate when a reader shares that something in the post touched them, or “resonated” with them, as you said. I think we all have a lot more in common on the “inside” than we’re actually aware of, and if we can find a way to share ourselves, then we can connect to one another more deeply. Please enjoy the recipe!

  • Tania August 26, 2013, 2:56 am

    Made this for my family tonight. Served it with a basic salad, and everyone loved it. THANK YOU for this recipe. It’s a keeper. :-)

    • The Cozy Apron August 26, 2013, 3:13 pm

      It was my pleasure, Tania! Perfect to pair with a nice, simple salad. Glad you enjoyed!

  • Carmen August 26, 2013, 5:02 pm

    Reminder for next time- use a big pot! This made a lot of food. I also used red wine instead of white and it was fabulous :)

  • Diane September 6, 2013, 5:22 am

    Made this beautiful dish last night with my hubby. He cut all of the veggies while I sautéed the sausage and got the water boiling for the noodles. This was by far the tastiest and easiest dishes I have ever made!!!! We both absolutely LOOOOVED IT!!!! My husband is a Chardonnay lover, while I am a Cabernet lover, so I did use the Chard in the recipe, but enjoyed the meal even more with a glass of Red! I love how relatively simple the ingredients are, but the flavors explode in your mouth! WOW! You are my new BFF! Thank you for sharing this fantastic recipe!

    • The Cozy Apron September 7, 2013, 12:25 pm

      Diane, thank you for that beautiful comment! I love it when couples cook together; what a wonderful way to spend time! I’m so happy that the two of you enjoyed the meal, and what a way to enjoy BOTH wines! 😉 Thanks for coming back to share with me…

  • Alysia September 8, 2013, 1:43 pm

    This is one of my favorite recipes! I’ve made it several times and I’m making it again tonight. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • fran September 11, 2013, 6:43 pm

    Made this and my family loved it, even my pickiest eater my 9 year old. This is by far our favorite new recipe. The flavors just meld together so well. We will definetly make it often.

    • The Cozy Apron September 12, 2013, 1:00 pm

      Hey Fran! I love it when picker eaters enjoy the recipe, as well as rest of the family! Thanks for sharing…

  • Tia September 17, 2013, 4:17 pm

    Thank goodness for Pinterest! I made this tonight and it is outstanding! Only substitution was spicy turkey sausage. This is a dish that will be even better tomorrow after all of the flavors soak overnight. Love the message, love the recipe…can’t wait to see what else is here.

    • The Cozy Apron September 17, 2013, 5:59 pm

      Hi Tia! You’re absolutely right that the flavors will soak up all the goodness and be super delectable tomorrow – enjoy it then, too! And thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experience; I do hope that you peruse around and fine some more recipes that interest you, and that you will enjoy preparing and eating!

  • Nicole September 17, 2013, 8:11 pm

    This was AMAZING!!! I used spicy Italian turkey sausage to make things healthier and spicy red pepper tomatoes for the extra zing. Wow. Just wow. So good!! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Kristen September 19, 2013, 8:27 am

    I found this recipe on Pintrest and dicided to give it a try. My family LOVED it! Very easy and simple to make. I highly recommend it :)

  • Claire September 19, 2013, 4:05 pm

    OMG I love this!! drunken noodles? Where do I sign up?

  • Sandi Graham September 23, 2013, 1:40 pm

    I found this recipe on pinterest last week. I made it for dinner, and it is amazing. I loved the lightness of it. I had not cooked with pappardelle noodles before, but I had wondered if they would have that “thai” texture as my son loves thai food. I will definitely be making this one again. I will be blogging about it this week.

  • Shaye September 29, 2013, 3:04 pm

    We LOVED it! Thanks!

  • barb October 6, 2013, 6:00 am

    My husband only is on pinterest in hopes that i will make something he pins. He is looking forward to this dish tonight. I also had trouble finding the right noodles, although i have found them in the past. I chose an alternative wider noodle. Looks really good.

    • The Cozy Apron October 6, 2013, 5:03 pm

      Hi Barb, hope the two of you enjoy this dish tonight! Thanks for stopping by to share with me.

  • Colin Campbell October 6, 2013, 3:58 pm

    It was delicious, we used red wine because we had some open and were liberal with the basil. Next time I might add a pound of Manila clams.

    • The Cozy Apron October 7, 2013, 5:58 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience with me Colin! I’m sure that the Manila clams would be an extra-special addition to this pasta dish – great idea!

  • Stephanie October 8, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Hubby started this before I got home and pretty much finished it besides the last touches. It was amazing even though he misread :p and added Spicy Italian dressing vs Italian seasoning. It still ended up fabulous!

    • The Cozy Apron October 9, 2013, 5:51 am

      Too funny, Stephanie! Glad it still turned out OK – thanks for sharing! :-)

  • tamere October 13, 2013, 8:37 pm

    I made this tonight, it was so good! Great recipe!

  • Anya Rose October 15, 2013, 11:25 am

    Wow! I made this on Sunday, and it was fantastic! My husband was an excellent cook, and since his sudden passing, I have been eating nothing but processed food. I saw this recipe, and decided it was time to start cooking, in honor of my husband, and I could not have started with a better dish! Ingrid, thank you so much!!

    • The Cozy Apron October 15, 2013, 11:58 am

      Anya Rose, I hardly have the words to tell you what your comment meant to me. First, please allow me to extend my deepest condolences to you over the passing of your husband; I am truly sorry for your loss, and can only imagine what you have gone through and are going through every day as you put one foot in front of the other and continue on. You’ve blessed me with what you’ve shared, and have filled my heart with a renewed sense of why my husband and I work on this blog together. The idea that one of my recipes could in some way be a part of a healing process is amazing to me; and that you would come back and share what you did with me, is a gift. Thank you. There seems to be a sense of joy in your comment, and sense of optimism for embarking on an endeavor that your husband enjoyed so much himself, and I’m honored that you chose a recipe of mine to begin your own process of cooking in order to honor your beloved husband, and honor yourself. May God bless and comfort you, Anya Rose! Please come back and keep me posted on your journey!

      • Anya Rose October 16, 2013, 11:17 am

        Thank you so much Ingrid for your truly beautiful response and heartfelt condolences! Chris was an amazing cook, and showed his love of family and friends with his delicious meals and entertaining ways! I miss him very much. He joked that when he was traveling I would starve, as he was not there to cook for me…so when he passed, I promised myself to start cooking so he would not worry. It’s taken awhile but here I am! I will be making many more of your dishes from now on! Your blog is so warm and inviting, it does give me joy and comfort. Thanks again!

        • The Cozy Apron October 16, 2013, 4:03 pm

          Wonderful, Anya Rose! So glad to hear you’ll be trying out more recipes. And please don’t hesitate to comment or email if you have any questions about the recipe, or just want to keep in touch! My heart is so happy that you are embarking on this cozy and good-for-you hobby; and I thank you for acknowledging how you feel about our blog – it means so very much to both my husband and I!

  • Catherine October 15, 2013, 7:31 pm

    After having this recipe sitting in my Pinterest “to make” arsenal for months; I finally made it tonight for my boyfriend. IT WAS DELISH!! The boyfriend loved it, “best pasta dish ever!” That’s saying a lot coming from him. Definitely a keeper in my recipe book for future meals. Thank you SO much for posting such a yummy recipe. Looking forward to sharing with my friends and family and also making it again in the future! :)

    • The Cozy Apron October 16, 2013, 4:12 pm

      Catherine, dont’ they say “better late than never”? :-) So glad you you did, in fact, get around to making this recipe; and I’m so honored that your boyfriend gave it the “best pasta dish ever” award! I will cherish that! Thank you for sharing this with your friends and family, and thank you for taking some time to come back and comment!

  • Chelsea October 22, 2013, 3:55 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was fabulous! Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  • Toni October 22, 2013, 10:09 pm

    What are Pappardelle Noodles? In the photo they look like egg noodles. I can’t find those noodles in any of our local markets, so would egg noodles be good substitute?

    • The Cozy Apron October 23, 2013, 3:51 pm

      Hi Toni! The pappardelle are egg noodles, just wider, more “ribbon”-like ones. Yes, substitute any noodles that are as close to these as possible, and you’ll be fine.

    • carla July 7, 2014, 9:53 am

      saw some at Trader Joes

  • Jessie October 23, 2013, 8:05 am

    I’ve made this recipe about three times, but I continue to come back and look at the pictures! They are so good. I probably shouldn’t have come to look today because I missed lunch and now my stomach’s growing. Guess whats for dinner tonight…. 😀

    • The Cozy Apron October 23, 2013, 3:56 pm

      Too cute, Jessie! That’s really pretty precious that you come back to gaze at the pics and then get a craving – love it! So happy you’re enjoying this pasta dish, and thanks for sharing all that with me! :-)

  • Carri October 27, 2013, 5:55 pm

    This meal was amazing! So good, it tasted like someone else cooked it for my family. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to make it for others, so they can enjoy it also.

    • The Cozy Apron October 27, 2013, 10:54 pm

      That’s funny, Carrie! And I’m glad you’re wanting to share this with others; isn’t that a huge part of the fun of cooking? Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lori October 28, 2013, 7:13 pm

    This was such a huge hit the first time I made it, that tonight is the encore performance requested by my kids. I love that it’s such a quick fix!

  • The Cozy Apron October 29, 2013, 11:54 am

    Lori, what a good mamma you are to take special request for “encore performances” – I love it! Isn’t that the very thing that makes cooking so rewarding? When the ones you love enjoy what you prepare and want more of it? So happy you’re enjoying this tasty pasta dish! Thanks for sharing…

  • Charlotte November 17, 2013, 1:28 pm

    Found this on pinterest. Printed and copied for practically everyone I know. Delicious pasta dish….everyone in my house loved it!

  • Zainab November 19, 2013, 12:47 am

    I tried this the other day with some seasoned ground lamb and red wine and it was fantastic. I don’t really measure things, sort of just go with what I have and it turned out so good. I can see all sorts of possibilities with this. Thanks!

  • Karla Brown November 21, 2013, 7:32 am

    I made this a couple of weeks ago and brought some to my neighbors to enjoy. The called me up and asked me what restaurant I bought it from… It was so so good! Thank you for the incredible recipe that my family will forever love!


    • The Cozy Apron November 21, 2013, 4:10 pm

      Hi Karla, I love that! How awesome…thanks for sharing that with me, and I’m thrilled that not only your family loved this, but your neighbors, too! :-) How generous of you…

  • Brittany November 22, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Made this and it was great! Didn’t change a thing, perfect as-is. Thanks for sharing!

  • Charlotte December 10, 2013, 10:37 am

    I made this once and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. This was delicious! Now I make it at least once a week! Thank you!

    • The Cozy Apron December 10, 2013, 1:00 pm

      Aw, that’s precious Charlotte! Thanks so much for that – I’m so happy that you’re getting good “mileage” out of this one!

  • Amanda December 13, 2013, 8:12 pm

    This was fabulous i had so much fun cooking it and eating it! my family loved it thank you so much :)

    • The Cozy Apron December 15, 2013, 5:53 pm

      Hi Amanda, I always love reading that someone not enjoyed the taste of the recipe, but that they had a great time preparing it, too! Thanks for stopping by to share that you and your family enjoyed this dish.

  • Lynsey January 4, 2014, 10:47 am

    Me and my kids love this dish. It has become a favourite.

  • Patricia January 14, 2014, 7:37 am

    I made this dish last night and it was AWESOME! I couldn’t find the pappardelle pasta so I subbed Fettacini instead and it was fine. Didn’t think my husband would like it much because he’s not into pasta much, but he surprised me! He Loved It! Thank you for a great recipe!

    • The Cozy Apron January 14, 2014, 10:39 am

      Hi Patricia, husbands have a way of surprising us wives from time to time, don’t they? :-) So happy that both of you enjoyed this pasta recipe, and thank you for coming back to share that with me!

  • Maggie in Michigan February 11, 2014, 9:14 am

    And 1/2 cup of wine makes these “drunken”, hmmm, would have definitely gone wild and out of the comfort zone and added at least a cup, then another cup of red just for the heck of it! And I’m so glad to read your treatise on how to live, it sounds like a fabulous idea and how great it comes from a chef of all places…let’s hope all of us can move on and up and into the next comfort zone with all this delicious food you expose us to. This recipe sounds absolutely wonderful and I am getting the “stuff” together tonight to make it and yes am going off the board and adding more wine, so there!!!!!!
    Maggie in Michigan

    • The Cozy Apron February 11, 2014, 10:15 am

      Hi Maggie, I do love the way you think! (Must be our shared Michigan roots :-) You know, go all out with the wine—what I’m trying to do here is straddle that “fine line” between going all out and being family friendly, but you can certainly make ’em as “drunk” as you’d like! I really thank you for your comments—so happy to have you stop by from my home state, and I really hope you enjoy this pasta dish! Best wishes…

  • JessicaS February 11, 2014, 6:24 pm

    I’ve had this on my “recipes to try” Pinterest page for ages and finally made it tonight. YUM! It was so easy to make and really delicious. My fiancé and I look forward to having the leftovers for dinner tomorrow night. It is definitely being moved to my “recipes I love” Pinterest page for future use. Thanks again!!

    • The Cozy Apron February 11, 2014, 8:46 pm

      That’s great Jessica—and thank you for moving this recipe to your “recipes I love” Pinterest page! I love it! I’m so happy that you & your fiancé enjoyed this, and that you both even have some leftovers for your dinners tomorrow! Thank you for your comments.

  • Kelly T. February 14, 2014, 6:46 pm

    I decided to throw a little spicy, drunken noodles into our Valentine’s dinner to rave results. It is on our make-again list. Thank you.

    • The Cozy Apron February 15, 2014, 7:54 am

      Hi Kelly, what a perfect choice for a “spicy” and romantic holiday! So happy you enjoyed the recipe, and I thank you for taking a bit of time to come back and share with me your results!

  • Leslie February 16, 2014, 10:43 am

    I have made this time and time again and it is a hit every time! Thank you for a great go to recipe!

  • Linda Tria February 19, 2014, 4:46 pm

    Made this tonight and LOVED IT! Made 1 change and that was to use chicken broth instead of the wine. Very tasty!

  • Emma February 23, 2014, 10:58 am

    Made this for dinner tonight after finding it while browsing food pics on Pinterest.
    SO D**N GOOD!! We really really loved it. I’m putting this one in my “Favorite recipes” book after just making it ones, that doesn’t happen often!!
    Loved making it too and will surely do it again and again :)
    I substituted white wine for red, cause that was what I had, but I imagine it would work well with white too!
    Thank you for this one! /Emma from Sweden

    • The Cozy Apron February 23, 2014, 6:28 pm

      What a wonderfully enthusiastic comment, Emma! I love it! I’m thrilled that you found this on Pinterest and not only enjoyed eating this, but preparing it, as well. And I’m honored that this little recipe will have a place in your “faves”, too! Thanks so much for coming all the way from Sweden :-) to share your experience with me.

  • Lisa Longoria February 26, 2014, 7:57 pm

    This was awesome! I would add more garlic but the flavor is great!

    • The Cozy Apron February 27, 2014, 7:09 pm

      Lisa, I’m ALL for adding more garlic—the more the better! So glad you enjoyed!

  • chuck February 27, 2014, 6:14 am

    This was soooo good! I made this last night and my wife loved it. Its a keeper. I had to buy the Pappardelle noodles at an Italian store/deli. Everything just went well together. I will make this again, and soon.

    • The Cozy Apron February 27, 2014, 7:13 pm

      Hi Chuck! That is absolutely wonderful that you prepared this for yourself and your wife. And the fact that you actually went to an Italian deli/store for the pappardelle shows that you must be a fan of cooking, not to mention a fan of good food. I’m so happy that you both enjoyed this pasta dish, and I truly appreciate that you would come back to share with me your experience!

  • Sue February 27, 2014, 4:04 pm

    I found your recipe after having surfed for something “new” and it stuck in my head for days, so I had to come back and I made it tonight – you have to understand I have a somewhat picky 12 year old son, a super picky 80 yr old mother and my “doesn’t-eat-soup-casseroles” husband to feed. Some days I just make what I want, and today was that day but happy surprise, they ALL loved it. I shall now drink some of the leftover wine and bask in a dinner well done (and fairly simple to make too) :-)

    • The Cozy Apron February 27, 2014, 7:19 pm

      Sue, you are a hoot! :-) And I certainly hope that you, indeed, basked in a dinner well done, and enjoyed that leftover wine! I love to read comments that describe that even the “picky” people in the family enjoyed a particular recipe; it makes me feel happy for the one preparing the dish, that everyone leaves the dinner table fulfilled and happy! Thanks so much for stopping by to share!

  • Heather March 1, 2014, 3:49 pm

    I made this several months ago for a get-together with friends, and it was a hit! Only changes I made were to use turkey Italian sausage, and whole wheat egg noodles. I also added some sauted mushrooms that I had on hand. I’ll be going back to this recipe again tomorrow for a family Sunday dinner. Can’t wait to have this again!

  • The Cozy Apron March 2, 2014, 9:46 am

    Heather, that sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing that you’re enjoying this recipe—hope your Sunday family dinner will be a success!

  • Kelly March 13, 2014, 7:44 pm

    Wow. We made this tonight and it was delicious! Even my son – who hates veggies – ate it and ate the veggies too. I pinned and shared on FB. It is that good!

    • The Cozy Apron March 15, 2014, 2:12 pm

      Hi Kelly! Glad you enjoyed this pasta recipe, and I love when the little ones eat their veggies! Thanks so much for stopping by, and for sharing this recipes with friends and family—always appreciate that!

  • lindsey March 24, 2014, 5:36 pm

    I found this recipe on Pinterest, and there are recipes I really like, but rarely do I go make a comment on the original poster/blogers site… but OH MY GOSH!!!! this is hands down one of the best meals I’ve ever made. So delicious and full of flavor! I didn’t make a single adjustment. This is the BEST meal I have EVER made on Pinterest, and I basically make Pinterest meals every single day! (do you mind if I review this on my blog? I will not re-type the recipe on my blog, but direct them to your blog to give you full credit?) its sooo good!

    • The Cozy Apron March 25, 2014, 3:27 pm

      Hi Lindsey! Wow—thanks so much for sharing all of that! And sure; I certainly would appreciate you sending folks over to check out the recipe for themselves! That would be sweet of you. Thank you for taking a few moments to share your experience with me, and I do hope you check out some more of the recipes on the site! 😉

  • Candice March 25, 2014, 9:38 am

    Made this last night, and my family loved it. We will definitely make again. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Dori April 1, 2014, 10:15 am

    It’s what’s for dinner tonight. Looking forward to this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Sarah April 26, 2014, 7:12 pm

    I just made this for dinner. I used extra spicy Italian sausage and added artichoke hearts with the bell peppers. Amazing! I could eat this every night.

    • The Cozy Apron April 27, 2014, 8:45 am

      Sarah, the addition of those artichoke hearts sound delicious! Glad you enjoyed the recipe, and thanks for stopping by to share your experience!

  • DJ May 12, 2014, 11:26 am

    Made this a couple of weeks ago and everyone loved it and asked that I make it again. So this is what is for dinner tonight.

  • Ryan May 23, 2014, 10:50 pm

    This is SOOOOOO good!!! Thank you for sharing this with us :) the white wine along with extra olive oil is what really make this amazing

  • Trish May 30, 2014, 9:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing. We’ve had very rainy weather this month and so far I’ve made your recipe 3 times…just as written and the results are eye appealing, well balanced and delicious. You are a beautiful, talented, and creative woman. (Photos are a feast for the eyes.)

    • The Cozy Apron May 31, 2014, 7:36 am

      Trish, that is so very kind of you to say! I was truly very touched by your comments, and I so thrilled that my recipe has been a part of your meals this rainy month, multiple times—it makes me happy when people get some joy and comfort out of one of my recipes! Thank you for sharing with me, and here’s to more uplifting weather for you all, soon!

  • Jenny June 4, 2014, 6:29 am

    I made this last night and everyone LOVED it and went back for seconds! It didn’t take long to make but I prepped and cut all the veggies the day before. Only thing I did not add was the parsley because I forgot to get it at the store but it was really fine without it. This recipe is definately a KEEPER!

    • The Cozy Apron June 4, 2014, 3:05 pm

      Hey Jenny! That’s wonderful—and a great way to help yourself out with time by prepping the day before! I’m honored that this dish was enjoyed by all, and I thank you for your comments!

  • christie June 23, 2014, 2:38 pm

    Oh my gosh!!!! this was a huge hit at my house! My husband said it was dinner and dessert all in one! Great recipe!

    • The Cozy Apron June 23, 2014, 4:06 pm

      Wow, Christie—dinner AND dessert?! :-) How happy am I that you guys both enjoyed this! And thank you for sharing your experience with me.

  • Eva June 26, 2014, 6:27 am

    Made it, Have to say this became one of my favorite dishes!

    • The Cozy Apron June 26, 2014, 12:33 pm

      That’s great, Eva! Glad you’re enjoying this…and by the way, love your name—it’s MY middle name! 😉

  • Lynn June 30, 2014, 2:44 pm

    We were looking for something different and something that wouldn’t break the bank to make. I had some of the ingredients right in my cupboard, the stuff I had to buy was around $20. So our entire family ate for $4.00 a piece.
    The recipe was amazing and we will definitely be eating it again. My kids even had seconds!
    One question though, do you know about how many calories per serving? Thanks.

  • The Cozy Apron July 1, 2014, 11:12 am

    Hi Lynn, I’m thrilled to read that this recipe was a hit for you and your family! It’s always a wonderful bonus when you have many of the ingredients on hand already, and when the recipe is affordable—so glad. Unfortunately, I don’t know the calories of this recipe, but perhaps this site may be of help: http://caloriecount.about.com

  • carla July 7, 2014, 9:55 am

    omg! found this on pintrest and I made it a few months ago, but wanted to thank you for sharing this. It was SO delicious!!! Such a nice twist to pasta!

  • The Cozy Apron July 7, 2014, 2:44 pm

    Thank you, Carla!

  • Sylvia July 7, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Omg! Not only was this delicious but the aroma was so awesome in my home. Hmmmmm!!! I didnt have a chardonnay handy so i used a mascato for mine. Idk if that changed the aroma will try chardonnay next time.

    • The Cozy Apron July 7, 2014, 7:46 pm

      Sylvia, isn’t it so wonderful when the aroma of a good meal permeates throughout the home? Thanks for sharing your comments with me!

  • Meg July 14, 2014, 9:31 am

    My boyfriend asked me to make this tonight and it came out amazing! He immediately invited his Italian chef grandfather over so I can make it for him. I’m not an experienced cook, so this gave my confidence in the kitchen a boost! Thanks :-)

    • The Cozy Apron July 15, 2014, 12:30 pm

      Hi Meg! I must admit—I’m a little nervous for you, but in an excited way! How fun! You’ll be great; just add lots and lots of love and care, that’ll be all that Italian-chef grandpa will need! Thanks for your comments, and best wishes on your dinner! :-)

  • Click1st July 21, 2014, 5:34 pm

    Made this today and it was FANTASTIC! My guys said it was a massive WIN. I used ground Italian mild sausage and added zucchini and yellow squash and used my own homemade tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes. We all loved the explosion of flavors! Thank you!!

  • Yana July 22, 2014, 5:32 pm

    I’ve made this dish twice so far and it was absolutely delicious both times! It’s such a quick and easy recipe that it has become a staple in our household! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!!

  • Katy July 31, 2014, 6:50 am

    I made this last night and it was so good. I am not a huge spicy fan so I used sweet italian sausage. I knew with all the wonderful reviews this had to be good and I was not dissapointed. Thanks for the great new recipe and for leftovers for lunch today!!

    • The Cozy Apron July 31, 2014, 11:28 am

      That’s really great, Katy! So glad you enjoyed, and I hope you also enjoy your lunch leftovers! :-)

  • Suzy August 7, 2014, 4:10 pm

    In a word: PERFECTION!! My family loved it! Found your recipe on Pinterest a couple of days ago…and hubby says it’s the BEST recipe I’ve pinned thus far. He’s helping himself to seconds at this very minute. Even our teen daughter (who likes her pasta with butter/salt/parm only) said it was delicious. She cleaned her plate. Thank you for a dish that’s simple to prepare, bursting with flavor, and a real crowd pleaser.

    • The Cozy Apron August 7, 2014, 5:50 pm

      Hi Suzy, what a wonderful comment, on every level! Thrilled that both your hubby and daughter enjoyed this pasta recipe, and that you had the opportunity to stand back and enjoy the results of your labor! Thank you for taking a moment to share with me.

  • Genevieve August 17, 2014, 3:52 am

    This is beautifully written and sounds truly delicious!! I am adding this one to my cache of recipes to do… I think I will add mushrooms to the mix. Yum!

    • The Cozy Apron August 17, 2014, 7:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Genevieve! Hope you enjoy this (with mushrooms) 😉 !

  • renee August 18, 2014, 6:19 pm

    i made this pasta dish tonight. i used glutten free noodles. i didnt have spicy sausage so i used sweet basil italian sausage and as it cooked i stirred in a few pinches of crushed red pepper. it was so good. my kids loved it. there are no left overs……so sad

    • The Cozy Apron August 19, 2014, 7:16 am

      Renee, while it IS sad when there a no leftovers from a good meal, it only means that it’s worth making again, right? :-) Thanks so much for sharing; and what a great way to make this dish your own!

  • Renee August 19, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Just made this dish and my whole family loved it. It was flavorful and simple to make. Thanks for the recipe!

  • stephanie September 20, 2014, 4:52 pm

    I love this pasta!! I make it all the time now!! Thank you for this recipe!!

    • The Cozy Apron September 21, 2014, 6:25 pm

      Stephanie, that’s really great! So happy that you’ve been enjoying this recipe so much! :-)

  • Rebecca September 25, 2014, 8:51 pm

    This recipe looks wonderful. Definitely going to make it this weekend. However, I’m not a fan of canned tomatoes. Do you think fresh tomatoes will be an alright substitute?

    • The Cozy Apron September 26, 2014, 9:11 am

      Hi Rebecca, you can certainly use fresh tomatoes; it may not be quite as “rich” or concentrated (since canned tomato products are a bit more concentrated), but you would still get that tomato-y flavor. What I typically do when I make a sauce from fresh tomatoes is use some tomato paste—maybe 2-3 tablespoons—just before adding in the fresh tomatoes; that will definitely bump up the richness. Hope you enjoy!

  • Tina October 7, 2014, 9:03 am

    I made this recipe last week – it was easy to follow and well written…. But, it was very bland. I had to doctor it up quite a bit.

  • Katherine October 18, 2014, 4:20 pm

    The sauce is cooking on the stove as I write this. Followed the directions and it made a lot. ( that’s a good thing ) Can’t stop sampling the sauce ! We love pappardelle it’s one of our fav’s . My husband thinks we’re having chili tonight but he will love this . Your recipes are great and thanks for posting them on Pinterest . I’m a fan .

    • The Cozy Apron October 18, 2014, 5:54 pm

      Katherine, I’m actually so excited for you! 😉 (And hopefully, your hubs won’t be disappointed that he’s not having chili!) Please enjoy, and thank you for sharing a part of your cooking process with me.

  • Bethany October 19, 2014, 7:30 pm

    I can’t even tell you the number of times I have made this recipe. My entire family loves it and demand it frequently! Thank you for sharing!

    • The Cozy Apron October 20, 2014, 5:50 am

      Hi Bethany, that’s wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing that with me! :-)

  • Ashley October 26, 2014, 2:24 pm

    I am excited to make this tonight but have a question about the spicy sausage. My store had “mild” or “hot” so I am guessing hot is the way to go? I don’t usually buy it so am not that familiar with how spicy or hot it will be.

    • The Cozy Apron October 26, 2014, 4:31 pm

      Hi Ashley, if you’re not that familiar with spicy food, then I’d recommend you go with the “mild” version, just to make sure it isn’t too much for you. Hope you enjoy!

  • Terese October 29, 2014, 11:13 am

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was wonderful. My husband said it tasted like restaurant food which I thought was a great comment, especially since I’m a fairly inexperienced cook. Thanks for the recipe!

    • The Cozy Apron October 29, 2014, 2:49 pm

      Hi Terese, bravo!! :-) That’s really great! So glad you and your hubby enjoyed this, and I hope you continue to have fun in the kitchen!

  • Mila October 29, 2014, 5:10 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight but used red wine instead of white. It turned out so delicious and so easy to make. My husband asked me to make it more often. I made a huge batch of it, can’t wait to share some with my friend. THANK YOU

    • The Cozy Apron October 30, 2014, 5:14 pm

      Hi Mila, that’s perfect! Glad your hubby enjoyed this, and I think it’s wonderful that you’re willing to share this with your friend, as well! Thanks for your comments.

  • Angie M. November 2, 2014, 4:24 pm

    i have made this twice now and it is delicious! My family loves it!!!

    • The Cozy Apron November 3, 2014, 7:45 am

      Angie, I’m thrilled to read that—that’s great! Thanks for sharing, and I hope you and your family continue to enjoy this dish!

  • Jeanne November 6, 2014, 3:28 pm

    I found this on Pinterest a while ago but finally made it tonight. I cannot believe I waited so long. It is delicious!!!

  • janis sanchez January 7, 2015, 10:06 pm

    Best directions for a recipe that I have ever seen! Usually if you can make the darn thing, you can’t figure what goes where! kudoes

  • Jamie January 10, 2015, 9:18 am

    Hi this recipe is so up my alley! I can’t wait to make it this week. I have 2 questions though. 1 is I hate sausage, can I use ground beef instead? Also since my mom simply can’t read and doesn’t pay attention 2 my specific shopping list, I got curly parsley instead of flat so can just chop it up. Can I use curly?

    • The Cozy Apron January 10, 2015, 5:41 pm

      Hi Jamie, certainly use what you like, and what you’ve got! The ground beef is perfectly fine, and just chop up that curly parsley very finely; it won’t have a very strong flavor, but it’ll do. Hope you enjoy!

  • Ingrid January 14, 2015, 7:29 pm

    Just finished devouring this. Made to specs except couldn’t find papardelle so substituted with tagliatelle…delicious!

  • The Cozy Apron January 15, 2015, 2:32 pm

    Yay! So glad you enjoyed this, and thank you for your comments!

  • Michelle February 12, 2015, 10:48 am

    I was wondering what white to use. do you use white wine that you can drink?

    • The Cozy Apron February 12, 2015, 4:39 pm

      Hi Michelle! Yes; definitely use a white wine that you would drink, though it certainly doesn’t have to be expensive. (And since it’ll already be open, why not enjoy it with dinner?) :-) Hope you enjoy.

  • Mary M. February 14, 2015, 10:11 am

    I made this the first time I cooked for my boyfriend and we both absolutely loved it! We’re making it again tonight for Valentine’s Day :) thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    • The Cozy Apron February 14, 2015, 3:23 pm

      Mary, thank you for sharing that; and may you and your boyfriend have a lovely Valentine’s Day! Glad you’re enjoying this recipe!

  • Dana February 16, 2015, 6:29 am

    I just made this dish as a Valentine’s dinner for my family as we got hit with a snow storm, and our dinner reservations were cancelled. I was scrambling for something different to make that would keep everyone happy. This dish was absolutely delicious! My family loved it! Also, I had never used Pappardelle noodles before, so it was a nice change. Thanks for posting such a great pasta dish. I’ll definitely add this as part of our regular menu going forward.

    • The Cozy Apron February 16, 2015, 2:28 pm

      Dana, I’m so tickled that you prepared this for Valentine’s Dinner! So sorry your reservations were cancelled (you poor folks!), but this seemed to have brought the family together beautifully. I guess it was meant to be! So thrilled you all enjoyed, and thanks so much for sharing with me!

  • Libby February 16, 2015, 3:25 pm

    Finally got around to making this tonight, after pinning it months ago. Fantastic. Wonderful blend of flavors and textures. Wouldn’t change a thing. Well done!

  • Angela March 2, 2015, 3:59 pm

    Out of the hundreds of Pinterest recipes I’ve foisted on my family, this is by far our favorite. It’s in permanent rotation! Thanks so much.

    • The Cozy Apron March 2, 2015, 7:54 pm

      Haha! Angela, so thrilled that you all enjoyed it! Thank you for your comments, and I hope you continue to enjoy. :-)

  • Colette March 2, 2015, 5:55 pm

    I’ve made this twice. A family favourite!

  • Michelle March 3, 2015, 7:23 pm

    Made this tonight and what an awesome recipe! Flavors were fantastic. My husband loved! My only suggestion (for our families’ taste) would be to double the sausage. It didn’t have as much meat in it as we would like. Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow. :-)

    • The Cozy Apron March 4, 2015, 4:15 pm

      Hi Michelle, you should totally double up on the sausage if you’re fans! So glad you all enjoyed it; and thank you for taking a moment to share your experience with me!

      • Michelle March 5, 2015, 12:26 pm

        And leftovers were just as good. Hubby wants to know when I’m going to make this again, already! haha

  • DJ March 9, 2015, 4:41 pm

    I have made this several times and the family really likes it a lot. Gonna make it again this weekend. Thanks for the recipt!

    • The Cozy Apron March 10, 2015, 2:12 pm

      DJ, so glad to read that! It’s my pleasure, and I hope you all continue to enjoy it!

  • KP March 11, 2015, 11:00 am

    Holy cow. This is one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had. Thank you so much!

  • Anne March 30, 2015, 8:29 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I prepared 16 oz. of Pappardelle instead of just 8, and I found the portions perfect. Do you have any nutritional information?

  • Ellie Silva April 10, 2015, 6:10 pm

    I made this dish for tonight’s dinner and my family loved it, the only thing a changed was the noodles, couldn’t find the pappardelle noodles so I used fettuccine, but I am going to find the right ones so I could make this wonderful dish again. Thanks you very much for sharing it with us. I particularly love it!

    • The Cozy Apron April 11, 2015, 9:54 am

      Ellie, it’s my pleasure! And thank you for coming back to share your comments with me; I appreciate it. Your substitution of noodles was perfect; and yes, if you happen to find the pappardelle, they’re nice because they have a sort of “silkiness” to them. Really happy that you enjoyed the dish!

      • Ellie Silva June 28, 2015, 12:55 pm

        I follow your advice on making it with the pappardelle noodles and it was so delicious even better than the first time I made it with the fettuccine, it gave a silk taste, thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. I will continue making this dish for my family and friends the rest of my life ….hahaha I know it sounds a little dramatic but is so true. Thank you very much!

        • The Cozy Apron June 28, 2015, 8:38 pm

          Ellie, that’s so touching! So glad you’re enjoying this dish so much, and I thank you for sharing that with me!

  • Jeanne April 18, 2015, 4:01 pm

    This is on the menu for my son’s birthday party this weekend. Yum thank you.

  • Julie Gaillard April 20, 2015, 3:03 pm

    This is the best “simple” pasta dish with italian sausage I have tried. It is superb!

    • The Cozy Apron April 20, 2015, 3:38 pm

      Julie, that’s wonderful! Thanks so much, and I’m glad you enjoyed!

  • Alisha April 20, 2015, 7:28 pm

    I’ve decided I need to cook with wine more often. This was delicious! I used zucchini noodles to healthify it and topped it with a bit of goat cheese. So good!

    • The Cozy Apron April 23, 2015, 8:23 am

      Alisha, cooking more with wine is never a bad thing! :-) So glad you enjoyed; and what a neat way to cut the carbs! Thanks for your comments.

  • Trisha May 6, 2015, 8:53 pm

    I pinned this recipe over a year ago, but only got around to trying it tonight. It was a big hit with my husband. We both agreed it would go into our regular rotation. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. It was amazing!

    • The Cozy Apron May 7, 2015, 3:24 pm

      Trisha, that’s wonderful! (Better late than never, right? :-) ) So glad you both enjoyed, and that this dish will now be a part of your regular meals! Thanks for sharing.

  • Julia May 8, 2015, 6:04 am

    Made this last night and it turned out fabulous!!! Restaurant quality for sure! Will definitely make again. Thank you!

    • The Cozy Apron May 8, 2015, 4:34 pm

      Hi Julia, thanks so much for the compliment—so glad you enjoyed!

  • Mamabear May 15, 2015, 5:53 pm

    First off I LOVE this recipe.. I make it all the time! It’s amazing.. But I was just wondering if there was a reason not to sauté the onions and garlic together.. Just curious

    • The Cozy Apron May 15, 2015, 7:56 pm

      Hey Mamabear! :-) Glad you’ve been enjoying the recipe! And that’s a great question you’ve asked, and I’d love to answer it for you: the reason I keep the garlic out of the party until later, is that it can very quickly burn, and therefore become bitter. Since we want a bit of caramelization on the onions, and we also want to allow the peppers to become tender, the garlic can’t go in until afterwards. It only takes garlic about 30 seconds or so to become aromatic and at its peak flavor. So if we added it in with the onions, it would get a bit burned after all that time. Hope that answers your question! :-)

  • Erin May 30, 2015, 12:58 pm

    any ideas on how to turn this into a crockpot recipe? we are remodeling and do not have a working stove at the moment.

    • The Cozy Apron June 1, 2015, 5:02 pm

      Hi Erin! The truth is I’m not all that versed with crock pot cooking; I’m sure the sauce can be made and simmered on low to blend the flavors, but not quite sure about how the pasta part would work. Perhaps adding a bit more liquid like stock, or even some water or more canned tomatoes, and cooking the noodles in the sauce towards the end until tender? That may work. Good luck with your remodel!

  • Lyndsey Kubos June 1, 2015, 5:16 pm

    Is there a replacement for the wine in this recipe?

    • The Cozy Apron June 7, 2015, 2:19 pm

      Hi Lyndsey, you can just simply leave it out, and proceed to the next step!

  • Josie June 3, 2015, 2:59 pm

    curled up on the couch with a BIG bowl of this….DEEEELICIOUS!!!!!!!

    • The Cozy Apron June 4, 2015, 6:39 am

      Josie, that’s wonderful! So excited you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for sharing with me!

  • Cindy June 15, 2015, 10:30 am

    Just found this recipe as I had sausage patties and wanted to make something out of them, cooking it now it smells delicious! Saved it to my favorites, thanks for sharing!

  • Amy Shakalis June 19, 2015, 12:41 pm

    Brilliant recipe!! Lovely melding of flavors and colors A definite keeper!

  • Linda June 29, 2015, 8:12 am

    I have made this recipe a few times now and every time it is a hit! Everyone in my family loves it. Only thing I add differently is an extra package of mild italian sausage along with the hot. Just so good any season of the year.

    • The Cozy Apron June 29, 2015, 3:14 pm

      Linda, I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying this! Glad you’re “customizing” it to fit your tastes, and that you’ve got the whole family’s approval with this one! Thank you for your comments.

  • Melissa July 7, 2015, 6:38 am

    I followed your recipe exactly as written, (other than I used crushed tomatoes) and I couldn’t have been happier with the results! Normally I always am tweaking a recipe, but found this had everything I loved. My picky boyfriend, who “doesn’t like” onions, peppers OR basil stole the entire container of leftovers this morning.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • The Cozy Apron July 7, 2015, 10:22 am

      Melissa, that is too funny! Well, looks like you converted him to onions, peppers, and basil! You just needed to “right” recipe, haha… :-) Thanks so much for sharing your comments—I’m so glad you both enjoyed!

  • Krista July 20, 2015, 5:44 am

    This was FANTASTIC! Definitely in the top ten meals I’ve ever made. Loved it.

  • Lucy @ Globe Scoffers July 30, 2015, 12:31 pm

    This dish looks very appetising. Even better it has wine in it! I can’t wait to try and cook this :)

  • Debbie August 20, 2015, 11:42 am

    making this tonight, can’t wait!! It looks SOOO good!! I hope it works out alright cuz I couldn’t find the Pappadelle noodles so I bought Fettechini cuz it was the thickest I could find!!!

    • The Cozy Apron August 20, 2015, 8:07 pm

      Debbie, hope you enjoy this! And the fettucini was a good swap. :-)

  • Jamie August 28, 2015, 5:41 pm

    This dish is a favorite of the kids and I. We make it all the time!

    • The Cozy Apron August 29, 2015, 5:40 pm

      Jamie, I love reading that! So wonderful. Glad you and your kids are enjoying! :-)

  • Lula September 16, 2015, 5:53 pm

    I’m late but I just found this recipe. The only thing I changed was I added a little tomato paste because I wanted a darker color. Great recipe and really easy directions.

  • Jen September 19, 2015, 3:30 pm

    My husband loved it! I had to make a slight substitution, though. I didn’t have enough white wine, so I used half white, half red wine and it was awesome. For any of your gluten-free readers out there, may I suggest serving this with Thai rice noodles – the kind that are used for Pad Thai, and resemble linguini noodles. They were perfect with this!

    • The Cozy Apron September 20, 2015, 5:28 pm

      Hi Jen, great suggestion for a gluten-free version—thanks for that! Glad you both enjoyed, and that you got creative with the recipe. Thanks so much for taking a moment to comment!

  • Pamela Newcomer October 10, 2015, 9:31 am

    I just made this for my family last evening and it was a huge hit. The only thing I changed was I used Cubanelle peppers for the bell. Very tasty! Keeping this one!

    • The Cozy Apron October 11, 2015, 1:01 pm

      Pamela, wonderful substitution with the peppers! So glad you and your family enjoyed the recipe! :-)

  • Shelby October 16, 2015, 2:29 pm

    Hi! Was wondering if I could use red wine instead of white?

  • Jamie October 19, 2015, 7:31 pm

    This dish is amazing and simple! I used egg noodles because I couldn’t find pappardelle pasta. My whole family loved it!

    • The Cozy Apron October 20, 2015, 2:32 pm

      Jamie, that’s great! Perfect substitute. So glad you all enjoyed this! 😉

  • Dawson October 23, 2015, 2:14 pm

    This was SO good! Better than spaghetti in my opinion! We love Pad Kee Mow (Thai drunken noodle) so I knew this would be a sure thing! I am posting it on my blog tomorrow and I will credit you and provide a link to your blog! Thank you for sharing!

  • Zena October 29, 2015, 5:54 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. I always struggle finding good recipes that include sausage. I made this tonight it was great. I added small amt of sundried tomatoes. I couldn’t find the pasta in the recipe. went to several stores couldn’t find it. can you please tell me where to find that Pasta. I ended up using wide egg noodles in replacement and it still turned out pretty good. My 7 yr old helped and said he liked it and enjoying cooking with me. Lol

    • The Cozy Apron October 31, 2015, 8:22 am

      Hi Zena! I love hearing that the kids help out with preparing dinner! So glad you all enjoyed the recipe—and the wide egg noodles are perfect. Thank you for your comments!

  • Mars Meadows November 20, 2015, 10:54 am

    This is one of my favorite recipes… it has been a huge hit everytime I have made it. I did add tiny yellow fresh tomatoes (cut in half) for added color, I promise you this recipe is magnifico….

  • Silvia January 14, 2016, 11:23 am

    I have made this dish twice and love it and going to make it again tonight with fresh pasta.

    • The Cozy Apron January 14, 2016, 6:05 pm

      Ooh-la-la, fresh pasta! That, indeed, will be very good, Silvia. So glad you’re enjoying the recipe! Thanks for sharing with me!

  • Katie February 2, 2016, 10:22 am

    Hi. This recipe looks and sounds amazing. Going to be making this for the family tonight, but was kinda curious, I dont have any white wine. I do have red cooking wine and liquor. Haha. Would it be ok to substitute it out with red wine or just omit it all together? I do have chicken broth also. What do u suggest?

  • linda mcmanus February 27, 2016, 4:54 am

    I made this for eight last night and it was delicious. I used pinot grigio and some leftover champagne and bucatini noodles. Thanks. It was easy as the sauce was prepared — all I had to do was to boil the pasta and toss when it was time for dinner.

    • The Cozy Apron March 4, 2016, 2:49 pm

      Linda, I’m thrilled this recipe was a success for you and your guests. Thanks for sharing with me!

  • Charlene Walsh March 10, 2016, 2:48 pm

    Just made this for dinner tonight, but i changed it up a bit, as i like to do that with recipes, tweak them to our family’s tastes. I used 1/2 a 900 gram bag of rotini instead of the pasta called for, and baked it in the oven for 35 min with mozza & cheddar blend, grated on top. It was delicious! Thanks for this awesome recipe! My family loved it!

  • rebekah March 10, 2016, 8:48 pm

    I would like to make this but my husband doesn’t like any type of bell peppers. Will the recipe be just as good if i dont add the peppers?

    • The Cozy Apron March 13, 2016, 5:38 pm

      Hi Rebekah, it honestly won’t be the same. You get lots of that good flavor from those peppers. You could certainly still give the recipe a try without them, but just know that the flavor will be muted and different.

  • Joan April 14, 2016, 1:42 pm

    Making this for dinner tomorrow night…to save time as guests are arriving I’m assuming it’s ok to make the sauce ahead of time and then just reheat it as I’m cooking the pasta? I’ve always heard that pasta sauce is better the next day. Thanks!

    • The Cozy Apron April 19, 2016, 6:32 pm

      Hi Joan, absolutely! Hope you and your guests enjoyed the recipe!

      • Joan April 21, 2016, 6:11 pm

        Did we ever!! I have to say this is honestly one of the most delicious pasta dishes I have ever had. Completely restaurant worthy and I am looking forward to making it again. Thank you!

        • The Cozy Apron April 21, 2016, 6:56 pm

          Wow, what a compliment, Joan! Thanks for sharing that! I’m thrilled it turned out, and that you’ll be preparing this again.

  • Hildy May 10, 2016, 3:44 pm

    I pinned this long ago and forgot about it. Well, this morning in my quest to come up with something different for dinner, the recipe caught my eye once again, so I printed it off and to the grocery store I went. May I just say, “Fabulous”? My husband, who is a very picky eater, loved it. This recipe will now be part of my go-to recipes and I can’t wait to make it for friends, as well. Thank you so much!

    • The Cozy Apron May 10, 2016, 8:18 pm

      You know, Hildy, I always say better late than never, lol! 😉 So glad you both enjoyed this, and I’m thrilled that you’re looking forward to sharing this recipe with others, as well. Thanks so much for taking a moment to comment and let me know how things went!

      • Hildy May 10, 2016, 8:32 pm

        After I posted my comment, I went on to read more about you on your site. It’s a small world! I grew up I Matamora, Michigan, just minutes north of Lake Orion. My mom was also from
        Czechoslovakia and I loved nothing more than spending time in the kitchen with her. No wonder I loved this recipe so much as it came
        from the heart.

  • Rachael May 19, 2016, 9:35 am

    Oh my! How is it that I’m just now discovering your blog! Ingrid, I found my way here from a search for “spicy Italian sausage with noodles” and I can’t imagine a better match than this recipe! I made it last night and it was supremely yummy. Comfort food was definitely in order and this was comfort food, redefined. Drunken Noodles is one of my favorite Thai dishes; we’ll definitely be making this Italian version again!! Thank you so much!

    • The Cozy Apron May 19, 2016, 10:29 am

      Hi Rachael, better late to find us than never, lol! :-) So thrilled to read that you enjoyed this recipe, and I hope you get the chance to peruse others and perhaps find some more goodies! Thank you for stopping by, and for sharing your comments.

  • joscela May 19, 2016, 6:39 pm

    a friend turned me on to this delicious, easy dinner!! my family loves it…. I was just wondering about nutritional facts… calories, etc. I didn’t see those listed

  • Dawn May 29, 2016, 4:35 pm

    Bravo, just made this tonight and you rock. My husband and I can’t wait to have leftovers…probably for breakfast tomorrow morning. Thank you for awesomeness.

    • The Cozy Apron May 29, 2016, 5:31 pm

      Hi Dawn, hope you enjoy your breakfast, lol! We’ve been known to have leftovers in the morning in our house, as well. 😉 So glad you both enjoyed this, and thank you for taking a moment to comment. (Lovely jewelry you make, by the way!)

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