fresh gnocchetti sardi pasta in a sam adams beer sauce

"Octoberfest" Gnocchetti Sardi

This easy 30 minute recipe is fall on a plate! We love the way the Sam Adams octoberfest beer brings out the nutty sausage and mustard flavors.

"Octoberfest" Gnocchetti Sardi Recipe

Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Adults


  • 1 package (13.7oz) of fresh Trenchers Farmhouse Gnocchetti Sardi pasta
  • 1 large head of radicchio
  • 2 link of sweet Italian style sausage
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Sam Adam’s Octoberfest Beer
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh chives
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Parmigiano Reggiano to taste


  • Prepare the ingredients, keeping them all separate. Finely dice or grate the garlic cloves and slice the radicchio into ½ inch strips. Remove the sausage from the casing and crumble.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season generously with salt. Cook Trenchers Farmhouse “Gnocchetti Sardi” pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside, reserving 1 - 1 ½ cups of pasta water for later use.
  • In a large saute pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of EVOO and saute the crumbled sausage until golden brown.
  • Add the grated garlic with a pinch of salt. Allow to cook on medium heat for 1 minute until just fragrant.
  • Add the sliced radicchio with a pinch of salt. Saute until wilted, about 2 minutes then deglaze the pan with 1 bottle of Sam Adam’s Octoberfest beer. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add dijon mustard and cream. Stir and allow to cook together until the sauce slightly thickens to coat the back of a spoon about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add 1 tbsp of maple syrup and balsamic vinegar and stir into the sauce.
  • Add the cooked Gnocchetti Sardi pasta along with 1 cup of pasta water into the pan. Bring to a simmer until the sauce thickens and coats the pasta.
  • Taste & Season with any additional maple, salt and balsamic vinegar as desired. Fold in the chopped chives.
  • Buon Appetito!
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