Garden Tomato Pasta with Wine and Basil

   Try this tasty recipe with either featured red wine selection with Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel or red blends. It makes 8 servings.

Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon olive oil

* 1 onion, diced

* 2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced (optional)

* 1 lb. link sausage, sliced 1/8-inch thick

* 1 lb. penne or other pasta

* 1 cup red wine

* 3 beefsteak or other large tomatoes, cored and chopped

* 1/2 cup basil leaves, sliced, plus 8 small sprigs

* Salt

* Freshly ground black pepper

* 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

Bring large pot of water to a boil. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until translucent. Stir in garlic and sausage. Cook until meat is no longer pink, about 8 minutes for fresh; drain.

In the boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions.

Add red wine to skillet. Cook until about 1/4 cup liquid remains, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook until they soften and give up their liquid, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat until pasta is done cooking.

Stir sliced basil leaves into sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over drained pasta, and garnish with Parmesan and basil sprigs.

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