|450 g||paccheri pasta|
|400 g||Italian sausage|
|2 tsp||fennel seeds|
|300 g||peas (fresh, shelled)|
|1 tbsp||tomato paste|
|250 ml||pasta water (reserved)|
|20 g||Parmesan cheese (grated)|
|olive oil for serving|
|Parmesan cheese for serving|
|red wine for serving|
|ice cubes (optional)|
Peel and finely mince the garlic and shallots. Remove sausage meat from casing and chop roughly or crumble. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat, add Italian sausage meat and fry for approx. 5 min. Add the fennel seeds and cook gently until the fat renders and the meat browns, approx. 10 min.
Cook pasta in a large pot with salted boiling water according to packet instructions, or until al dente. Reserve some of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and set aside. Bring a second pot of water to the boil, and blanch fresh peas for approx. 2 min. Transfer immediately to a sieve placed in an ice bath or run under cold water to ensure the peas keep their color.
Add the crushed garlic and shallots to the frying pan and let cook a further approx. 5 min. Deglaze the pan with some of the pasta cooking water, add the tomato paste, and stir well. Bring the sauce to a bubble, then add the peas and cook approx. 4 min. Season with salt and pepper according to taste.
Add the drained pasta to the sauce along with the grated Parmesan cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, and stir to combine. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese, if desired, and pair the dish with a glass of red wine.