Monday, May 17, 2010

T's Pasta with an Italian Sausage Sauce

I have made this "quick" sauce many, many times. This time I decided to add Italian sausage. It was a huge hit. During dinner, my 7 year old says to me, "Thank you for making dinner Mommy. Good job!" with a thumbs up. Gotta love that!

T's Pasta with an Italian Sausage Sauce

2-14.5 oz cans of Italian Seasoned diced tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic (chopped finely)
about 2 tablespoons fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper
3 links of Italian Sausage
1-14.5 oz box of multigrain pasta (I use Barilla Plus)

Take the Italian sausage out of it's casing. In a large pan, brown the Italian sausage. Remove from pan and set aside.

In that same large pan, heat Extra Virgin Olive Oil (maybe once or twice around the pan) over medium heat. Add garlic. Gently fry garlic until soft and fragrant.

Add tomatoes, with juice. Crush them as they are cooking until they are the consistency you like. Once it reaches a low boil, simmer for 25 minutes.

While tomatoes are cooking start a large pot of salted water for the pasta.

Add browned Italian sausage into tomatoe and garlic sauce. Add chopped Italian Parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for another few minutes, just to let everything incorporate.

Once your salted water is at a hard boil, add pasta. Cook just 1 or 2 minutes shy of al dente. Drain your pasta and add it to the large pan of Italian sausage sauce. Cook on low, for a minute or so, while mixing sauce with pasta. You may also add a little grated or shredded Parmesan cheese at this point.

Serve with your choice of vegetable or salad.