Several months ago, Frank from Beach Walk Reflections left a comment suggesting I try Battle Cranberry Sausage Spaghetti. This recipe sounded intriguing. But, the more I thought about it, the more I hesitated. Cranberries combined with sausage in a pasta dish without a shred of tomato? How would I ever convince my husband to try this? To be honest, I wasn’t so sure. It sounded ‘holidayish,’ which gave me room for delay.
Frank followed up to see if I had tried his recipe. My bad. I hadn’t. I reread Frank’s post. He and his wife first learned about this recipe from a friendly battle between Food Network and Iron Chefs. You can read more about that here and here (Iron Chef, Season 3, 2006-7, Episode 19). I also encourage you to check out Frank’s version, which is well worth the read (here).
As the holiday approached, I needed to quit procrastinating about this dish (and many other things). At first, I thought that I would prepare this pasta for son #3. He came in with a hard no on anything cranberry. Then, my niece kindly offered to Zoom-make this dish with me (in modified form). But she needed to cancel due to the craziness of the season. As a last resort, I mentioned this recipe to Richard. Not only was he willing to try it (who knew?), he also offered to help out. Game on! Frank, are you watching (er, I mean reading)?
Quickly it was judgement time. It looked good and smelled great….
Battle Cranberry Sausage Spaghetti is a unique pasta dish. It is super fun to try, especially during the holiday season. It has inspired numerous versions. Here’s a similar one from battle contestant, Rachel Ray. My niece had suggested swiping out the meat sausage and using veggie links or spicy tofu instead. She also suggested replacing the cranberry juice with red wine (shh, don’t tell Frank). This latter substitution would give you a ‘drunken spaghetti.’ Here is Rachel Ray’s recipe for that.
If you give this pasta dish (or any of its variations) a try, please let me know. I’m grateful to Frank at Beach Walk Reflections for nudging me out of my boring tomato-based pasta routine.
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