I have been hmmm-ing and uhhhh-ing over which recipe to post next. While my mind has been stumbling through my recipes, I’ve been organizing my blog to make it easier for you to find my recipes. I have added a Recipes button to the Menu bar complete with sub-categories like Main Dishes, Appetizers, Cookies ect. I’m still working on it but it should be done soon!
This recipe is something that I have promised my cuz Alison I would post. I liked making this pasta dish with hot Italian sausages but mild would be lovely as well. I also mainly used canned diced tomatoes but you can also use fresh from your garden – yum! – or if you have a picky child who doesn’t like chunks of tomato (Matthew), you can of course use a can or two of tomato sauce.
This week one of the grocery stores had a HUGE case of Roma tomatoes on sale for $6.88! Roma or Plum tomatoes are my favourite for pasta dishes. I would dunk them in boiling water to peel and core the tomatoes before chopping them up and throwing them in the pan. Sooooooo good!
- 4 – 6 Italian sausages, hot or mild cut into bite sized rounds
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
- 1 small sweet onion, cut into thin slices
- 2 – 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 sweet peppers, cut into thin slices (I liked using red and orange)
- 1 tsp. of dried basil
- 2 tsp. of dried oregano
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, for topping
- I almost forgot 1 box of penne (or your prefered pasta)
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, heavily salt water and add pasta. Cook until el dente ~6 – 8 minutes. Drain and reserve a cup of starchy water.
- While pasta cooks, heat a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and cut sausages to skillet. Sautee until almost cooked through, ~4 minutes.
- Lower heat to medium and add 1 Tbsp. olive oil, onion and garlic. Cook until fragrant , ~2 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, peppers, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Let simmer uncovered for ~ 10 minutes. Add pasta and toss to combine. Add parm. If sauce is too thick, thin with starchy water.
- Serve with extra parm, garlic bread and a nice salad!
I hope you enjoy playing with my recipe and I can’t wait to hear about your adventures! Happy cooking!