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sausage and radicchio pasta recipe with farfalle
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5 from 25 votes

Sausage and Radicchio Pasta Recipe from Northern Italy.

This 3 ingredient Northern Italian recipe for sausage and radicchio pasta is simple enough for weeknights but special enough to serve to guests!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Northern Italy, Veneto
Keyword: bow-tie pasta, farfalle, italian chicory, Italian sausage, radicchio, radicchio pasta, salsiccia, sausage pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 809kcal
Author: Jacqueline De Bono


  • 400 g farfalle pasta (14oz) or other short pasta
  • 1-2 heads radicchio leaves separated and washed
  • 200 g Italian sausage (7oz) 2-3 sausages
  • 1 white onion (or 2 shallots) peeled and finely chopped
  • 200 ml heavy cream (7 floz) Italian panna di cucina
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1 handful fresh parsley chopped (optional)
  • salt for pasta and to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper. to taste


Prepare ingredients

  • Wash the radicchio leaves. Pat dry and chop into small strips. Remove the sausage meat from the casing and chop into small pieces. Peel and finely chop the onion.

Make the sauce

  • Put the olive oil and the finely chopped onion into a skillet or deep frying pan and cook until the onion starts to soften. Add the sausage meat and continue cooking on medium heat until the sausage is slightly browned.
  • Add the chopped radicchio to the sausage and onion and mix. Also add salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking on a low heat until all the radicchio has wilted. Add the heavy cream and mix everything together well. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.

Cook the pasta

  • Put a pot of water onto boil for the pasta. Add salt once it starts to boil and bring to the boil again. ¬†Cook the pasta al dente, according to the instructions on the packet. Save a little pasta cooking water and drain the pasta.

Finish the dish

  • If your sauce seems dry add some of the pasta cooking water to it and stir well. Add the pasta to the sauce and mix everything together. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately with some chopped fresh parsley if using.


You can use other types of short pasta for this dish such as penne.