Farfalle with Peas, Sausage, and Tomato

Farfalle alla Salsiccia e Piselli

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Serves


    as a main course

Appears in

How to Cook Italian

How to Cook Italian

By Giuliano Hazan

Published 2005

  • About


  • 1 pound fresh peas in the pod or 6 ounces frozen peas
  • ½ small yellow onion
  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces plain mild sausage (use breakfast links or ¼ recipe homemade sausage)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound farfalle
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


  1. If using fresh peas, shell them. Peel and finely chop the onion. peel the tomatoes and coarsely chop.
  2. Put the butter and onion in a 10-inch skillet and place over medium heat. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion turns a rich golden color, about 5 minutes.
  3. Fill a pot for the pasta with at least 6 quarts water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil.
  4. While the onion is sautéing, remove the casing from the sausage if using links. When the onion is done, add the sausage and break it up with a spoon. Sauté until the sausage is nicely browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and peas. If using fresh peas, cover the pan and cook, covered, over medium heat for 15 minutes. If using frozen peas, proceed to the next step.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and cook, uncovered, until the tomatoes are reduced and no longer watery, about 15 minutes. Set aside.
  6. Add about 2 tablespoons salt to the boiling water, put in the pasta, and stir well. Cook until al dente. When the pasta is done, drain it well, toss with the sauce and Parmigiano, and serve at once.