I made this recipe up for those nights when you’re craving pasta with a tomato sauce but don’t have all day to make it. It’s a great weeknight meal and is fairly quick and easy to make. Add a salad or vegetables and you have a full plate of goodness. The side pictured above with it is kale gratin. That recipe is posted separately because it was so delicious, it deserved it’s own special spot.
Serves 4 with leftovers
About 45 minutes
1 lb chicken or turkey Italian sausages
3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium to large onion, sliced
2-3 garlic cloves
1/2-1 tsp pepper flakes
1/4 cup red wine
1 large can whole plum tomatoes (24 oz)
1 tsp sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 lb penne style pasta
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, sliced or other herb of preference
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese + more for garnish
-Heat large saute pan over high heat for 1 minute. Add 2 tbsp olive oil and wait another minute. Add sausages, reduce heat to medium and brown on all sides. These don’t have to be cooked all the way through as they will be cooked more in the sauce. When browned, remove from pan and set aside. When cooled a bit, slice into bite size pieces.
-Add 1 tbsp olive oil to pan, wait a minute or so and add onions. Saute until translucent and beginning to caramelize a bit, about 10 minutes. While onions are cooking, puree the can of tomatoes, either in a blender or if you have a hand held immersion blender, you can do this right in the can. And put a large pot of salted water on to boil for cooking the pasta. When onions are nice and soft, add garlic and cook for another minute. Add pepper flakes, salt and pepper and stir for a minute. Add red wine and deglaze pan, stirring to scrape up all the bits that may be sticking to the pan, about 2 minutes. Then add the pureed tomatoes, the sausages and any juices that may have collected around them. Stir until combined and bring to a boil. Adjust heat to hold a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce is slightly thickened. Cook pasta while sauce is simmering.
-Taste sauce and add more seasoning as needed. When sauce is finished, stir in basil or other herbs, combine with the pasta and the 1/2 cup Parmesan. Serve with more freshly grated Parmesan on top of each serving.