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Under 30 Minutes

Pasta with Sausage, Leeks, and Lettuce

Waste not: Pair tonight's dinner with the same white wine you use in the recipe.

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  • Servings: 4
Pasta with Sausage, Leeks, and Lettuce

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Everyday Food, May 2011


  • 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 2 bunches leeks (about 3 pounds total), white and light-green parts only, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch slices, rinsed well, and drained
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound short pasta, such as lumache or medium shells
  • 4 cups Bibb or Boston lettuce, torn into pieces
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausages over medium-high, breaking up meat with a spoon, until browned, 5 minutes. Transfer 4 cups leeks to an airtight container and refrigerate for later use. Add remaining leeks (4 cups) to sausage in skillet and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring frequently, until mostly evaporated, 2 minutes. Stir in butter and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Drain pasta, return to pot, along with sausage mixture, and toss to combine. Add lettuce and enough pasta water to create a light sauce that coats pasta. Toss to combine. Serve with Parmesan on the side.

Cook's Note

Cutting leeks before washing makes it easier to dislodge any dirt.

Transform any leftover lettuce you have on hand into a dinner ingredient in this dish.

Reviews (3)

  • elees 21 Dec, 2013

    This dish was very good, I just wish we could have tasted the leeks more. The sausage flavor seemed to overpower them. Of course that may just have been the type of sausage I used. I'll try a different brand next time. Even so, everyone in my house enjoyed the meal.

  • barefootmamma 6 Sep, 2011

    This is one of our family favorites! Easy to put together, great with ramps in place of the leeks as well.

  • mfeigen 28 Jun, 2011

    Made this when it appeared in the May '11 Everyday Food. Sounds like a weird combination with lettuce as a prime ingredient, but you don't get it til you try it. This ranks as one of my favorite [and easiest!] pasta dishes!

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