Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What we ate Wednesday {Homemade Sauce with Chicken Sausage}

I love making things that the longer they sit on the stove the better they get.
You know incase you get into an intense game of Candyland and forget you have something
cooking, never happened to me {eyes shift to the side}.

Here is my homemade sauce recipe, fair warning I am not Italian so there is probably some major protocols missing, but this works for me!

What you will need:
- 28oz can of peeled plum tomatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp chopped garlic
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
-1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp cooking sherry {or red wine}
- a package of italian chicken sausage {optional}
- bag of spinach {optional}
- pasta
- parmesan cheese {optional}

Sorry for the lack of prep pics, I was slacking, story of my life.
-If you are going to be adding sausage, in a large sauce pan remove from the casing and cook over medium high heat until cooked thru.
- Remove from pan and add olive oil and garlic {or you can start at this point}.
-Cook garlic until just turning golden and then add tomatoes with liquid {if you cooked the sausage this is the point to deglaze all the yumminess stuck to the pan.}

- If you have potato masher, use it to mash up the tomatoes. If not a wooden spoon will work.
-Stir in the sugar, salt, and sherry.
- Add back in the sausage, cover and turn to low and simmer.

And here is where the magic happens. Just let it hang out in there.
Cook your pasta right before eating and at this point I would add the spinach to the sauce and stir it down while the pasta cooks.

Then plate and serve with some cheese and if you are feeling frisky some red pepper flakes.
I make this sauce pretty much every time we have pasta, but change it up, maybe make meatballs with it...



Anna @ IHOD said...

Amy this sounds delish! I love finding pasta ideas. Meatballs would be so good with it.
Thanks chica!

emily anderson said...

looks and sounds delish.

Cindy said...

Cute lil cartooney drawings of your littles! And YUMMO meal you made!! mmmm