Quick and Easy Pasta Sauce

I don’t know about you, but pasta is a staple in our house. That means I’m always on the lookout for new recipes. What I like about this one: it WAS quick and easy; the sauce was not heavy, but was flavorful; and, I liked that my kids used the little slices of bread to make spaghetti sandwiches ūüôā You can easily make this vegetarian by leaving out the sausage. Want it meaty, but still vegetarian? Add some mushrooms. Or, use whatever meat¬†you have on hand, such as chicken or ground meat. What I would do different next time: this recipe called for the sausage to be cooked in advance (or if you are not completely paying attention because you keep hearing, “Mommy can I . . .,” like me, you’ll need to grab a separate skillet for the sausage at the end). I would cook the sausage at the beginning, drain the grease, remove the sausage to a plate and then cook the onion, etc, in that skillet. Also, while it had nice flavor, it seemed rather one-dimensional. Next time I’ll run out to my basil plant to snip a few leaves to hit the sauce with at the very end. All in all a tasty and satisfying recipe that leaves you feeling comfortably full, but not weighted down.

Ingredients:

2 mild Italian sausages, casings removed
1/4 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups canned tomatoes (whole, diced, puree, etc)
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp chopped fresh rosemary (or a pinch of dried)
1/4 – 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt

Preparation:

In large saucepan preheated to medium high heat, add sausage and crumble as cooking.  When sausage is browned, remove to a plate lined with paper towels to drain grease.  Remove all but 1 Tbs of oil from pan.  Add onion and saute until translucent, 2 Р3 minutes.  Add garlic and saute another minute.

If using whole tomatoes, chop them (easiest is to just cut them with scissors right in the can), add tomatoes and juice to pan.  If using diced or puree, just add directly to pan.  Stir in sugar, rosemary, and salt.  Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce hs thickened, about 20 minutes, stirring often.  Return sausage to pan and simmer for an additional 5 minutes, until heated through.

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes; Total time: 45 minutes

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*Derived from KitchenDaily


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