Less is more in this dish: Just five ingredients combine to make a satisfying meal. A pleasing level of heat is provided by the red pepper flakes, though you can omit them if you’re not a fan.
What to buy: Sweet Italian sausage, sometimes called mild Italian sausage, is flavored with fennel and garlic and can be found in most supermarkets. We call for the cooked variety, but if you can’t find it feel free to substitute fresh and simply cook it before using. If you want more heat, replace the mild Italian sausage with hot Italian sausage.
Game plan: If tomatoes are not in their prime and you’re dying to make this pasta, toss the chopped tomatoes with a pinch of salt and set them in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl for at least 10 minutes to boost their flavor.
Beverage pairing: Contesa Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vigna Corvino, Italy. The Montepulciano grape makes honest, everyday wines that might not often be spectacular but are simply delicious and food-friendly. This wine has buckets of cherry fruit and an inky, violet edge. Its acidity will keep up with the tomatoes, but it also has enough stuffing to carry on with the sausage.