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I debated what to call this sauce. It is not exactly a pesto nor is it really a sauce. Nor is it really a vinaigrette in the strictest sense. It is, however, pretty delicious. Like a vinaigrette, it has a bit of saltiness, tartness, creaminess, and sweetness.
The vinaigrette (sauce) is perfect on pasta and the small dices of mozzarella add some creamy texture while the capers bring not just saltiness but enhance the umami flavors in the whole dish.
I was inspired to work on this recipe after reading one of my favorite restaurant reviewers wax lyrical about a version she had tasted. The traditional recipe is anything but - onions, shallots, leeks, maybe mushrooms, maybe not, tarragon, sage, parsley... It seems that as with most Country French food, anything goes. For this one I chose leeks for their mild oniony flavor and dried mushrooms to bring an intense umami flavor to the dish that offsets the sweet wine. The sausage brings a bit more depth of flavor than using the traditional diced bacon.
You can make it in just a few minutes using the strained, seedless tomatoes like Pomi or San Marzano brand. They make a thick, rich sauce and cook quickly. If you are going to use fresh tomatoes, it is best to puree them in the food processor first. Roma tomatoes are a great choice and widely available.