Lettuce isn't for your salads. Bibb or Boston lettuce works best in this dish -- they won't overpower the delicate taste of the leeks.



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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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 Notes

Waste not: Pair tonight's dinner with the same white wine you use in the recipe. Transform any leftover lettuce you have on hand into a dinner ingredient in this dish.

Reviews (4)

23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
this was really good, the lettuce is a bit of an odd addition but i think the crispness adds a nice touch - next time i would add lettuce as people desired to each bowl instead of tossing all the pasta with it - it wilted for reheating and hubby didnt much like the lettuce part.
Rating: Unrated
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.
Rating: Unrated
This is one of our family favorites! Easy to put together, great with ramps in place of the leeks as well.
Rating: 5 stars
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!