Roasted Garlic Pesto Linguine with Sausage
I saw this made on the Food Network (since I am obsessed with that channel, as anyone that's been at my place can tell you) and have been really wanting to make it. After Nick and I got our rears kicked at CrossFit, I decided that tonight was the night! This recipe was adapted from Sonny Anderson, I just replaced the shrimp with sausage this go around.
15 garlic cloves, peeled (about 1 head)
1 cup olive oil, plus extra for tomatoes
1 pound cherry tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup packed basil leaves
1 pound linguine
2 Italian sausages
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place garlic cloves in a single layer in a small baking dish. Add 1/2 cup olive oil to cover cloves, cover with foil, and bake 30-45 minutes, until golden brown and fork-tender. Meanwhile, in another baking dish, toss tomatoes with enough oil to coat. Lightly season with salt and pepper and roast at same temperature until tomatoes blister, about 25 minutes. This is what they should look like :)
Strain garlic cloves and set aside in a small bowl, reserving infused oil separately (to use later if desired). In a blender, add the roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, Parmesan, and basil. Pulse until combined. While machine is running, drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil until pesto comes together. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Remove to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and reserve. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat. Add the linguine and cook until al dente. Drain. Meanwhile, heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the garlic oil (or olive oil if desired). Saute the Italian sausage until it is cooked through. In a large bowl add the linguine and some of the pesto. Toss to coat and top with the sausage and parmesan cheese if desired. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and serve. I did not end up using the toasted pine nuts this go around, but may try them next time (OK, I actually toasted them a bit too much and was too hungry to try again).