Grilled Onion and Sausage Pasta With Tomato Sauce
1 red onion, peeled and sliced into ½ inch rounds
2 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper
12 ounces smoked sausage, split lengthwise
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
½ cup heavy cream
1 pound penne
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
- Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Brush onion slices with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill onion and sausage over hot fire until lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in diced tomatoes and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook until tomatoes begin to break down, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in cream and continue to cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add penne and 1 tablespoon salt to boiling water and cook until all dente. Reserve ½ cup cooking water, drain penne, and return penne to pot. Stir in sauce mixture and basil, adding reserved cooking water as needed. Roughly chop onions and sausage and add to pot along with any accumulated juices. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.