For our second go-round with this recipe, I made a few alterations – some improvements, others just alterations. Last time I drained and used a jar of whole tomatoes from last summer – we’ve since run out of tomatoes and didn’t pick up enough from the market, so I used a can of diced tomatoes in sauce. This made a big difference in the resulting quantity and consistency of the sauce.
Second, we didn’t have any white wine around, and I didn’t want to buy and then open a bottle for a measly 1/4 cup. I made a dubious substitution, using the Pillar Box Red that has been open in the fridge for *cringe* almost two weeks. While iffy to drink, it was perfectly serviceable in the sauce – in fact, I think I preferred it to the white, which may have been overly sweet.
Third, in an effort to use up pasta leftover from a potluck a few weeks ago, I used whole wheat angel hair instead of the fresh sheets of pasta that the recipe requests, or the wee shells we used last time. I quite liked the way the sauce coated the pasta, and the way the angel hair broke up amidst the beans and sausages, but Shane preferred the shells, so we’ll probably go back to them next time.
I also made the whole recipe instead of halving it, remembering that we’d devoured every last bite. Had we not cleared the table and exercised some self control, I have no doubt that we could’ve put away the entire thing tonight. Fortunately, however, good sense prevailed, and I’m really looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow. This recipe is definitely a keeper!