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Spaghetti with Italian Sausage and Olives

Spaghetti with Chorizo and Olives

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to present to you Taylor’s photographic debut! Just look at that white space (actually, I think he was mocking me here, but it’s a nice shot nonetheless). He cooks, he cleans, he photographs… if only I could get him up here to actually write this post (alas, he’s downstairs mopping right now, and I’m not going to stop him).

He’s going to kill me for posting this.

Spaghetti with Chorizo and Olives

This is a simple dish, and while we substituted raw Italian sausage for the cooked Chorizo originally called for in the recipe, I think any seasoned meat would work swimmingly in this pasta. Taylor often says (when we cook a perfectly acceptable vegetarian pasta dish), “This would be so much better with Italian Sausage.” Well, he finally got his wish.

Spaghetti with Italian Sausage and Olives

Makes 6 servings. Recipe from Bon Appetit.


4 anchovy fillets, drained, chopped, plus 1 tablespoon oil from can
1 pound raw Italian Sausage or Chorizo, casing removed
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with added puree
1 cup pitted green olives, halved
1/4 cup drained capers
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons dried oregano
12 ounces spaghetti or fettuccine


Heat oil from anchovy fillets in heavy large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and break apart with spoon. Cook until beginning to brown and crisp, stirring sausage often, about 7-10 minutes. Add anchovy fillets and garlic; stir 1 minute. Add crushed tomatoes, pitted green olives, drained capers, smoked paprika, and dried oregano. Simmer tomato sauce 5 minutes to blend flavors. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper (taste it first! anchovies, olives, AND capers can make this dish very salty to begin with. We didn't add a speck of additional salt to it).

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain pasta; divide among plates. Top with sauce. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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  1. 1
    Liz Anderson
    Posted On April 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Whatever the fall out from posting/tattling on Taylor, I’d have to say is worth it! Delish all around.


  2. 2
    Posted On April 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    This makes me smile! I recently discovered your blog, and I’m really enjoying your stories, recipes, and photos. My husband and I blog about our culinary adventures at He’s always sneaking photos with our camera!


  3. 3
    Posted On April 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    That looks like the kind of pasta dish my family would love! I love that you got a shot of him taking photos of the dish! You have great light in your home!


  4. 4
    Posted On April 4, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    LOL! What an “artistic” representation of your meal!


  5. 5
    Posted On April 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Hey I read this story and made me laugh lots!! at my place my husband does the cleaning which I think is great and I do all the cooking!! which I enjoy!! I also have a food blog!!.. We can share recipes!! :)


  6. 6
    Posted On April 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    heh, for a moment I thought you’d both gone on a major diet! :)


  7. 7
    Posted On April 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I take it that Taylor’s photo is not representative of his actual portion? Nice work, Taylor, hope that you had fun!


  8. 8
    Posted On April 5, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Hilarious. Good work, and yes, beautiful light in your apartment!


  9. 9
    Posted On April 5, 2010 at 8:56 am

    What lovely pictures! I have to admit, my husband and I have actually fought over food photos! (yes, I’m hanging my head in shame) I always want him to take the pictures when I’m up to my elbows in something, and then I fuss if the pictures don’t meet my standards. Sigh.


  10. 10
    Posted On April 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Oh this looks good! I am suddenly inspired by the kalamatas currently in my fridge…


  11. 11
    Posted On April 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Perfect, I was just looking for a tasty way to use some italian sausage and here it is. Looks so good, am definitely done looking, this is it.


  12. 12
    Posted On April 6, 2010 at 10:31 am

    looks great! nice photo :)


  13. 13
    Posted On April 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    how much for the man?


  14. 14
    Posted On April 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Mopping is good Lindsay…do not push it! Great photos by Taylor, though. And the recipe looks delicious.


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