Home made, creamy tomato sauce with spicy sausage (or ground beef, turkey, or pork, your choice) and spaghetti; all cooked in ONE (large) pot on top of the stove; and the only draining involved is disposing of the rendered fat from browning the meat!
Also – another bonus! – go ahead and add a shot or three of vodka for a fine vodka sauce!
Who needs a “helper” box mix?
The original recipe, from the nice folk at Pillsbury, of course called for using their brands of tomatoes and broth, but, as always, the cool thing about making stuff yourself means that you choose the ingredients to usem and, if you’d like to add a few things – like that vodka or mebbe sliced black olives, it is all good!
And this recipe is all good. I did not add vodka, but Rich thought the sauce tasted a lot like my Vodka Sauce anyway; so, go ahead and add it or not, either way, you’re gonna be very happy with the results.
•1 lb bulk Italian sausage
•2 (14.5 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
•32 oz unsalted chicken stock
•1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
•1/4 cup sliced black olives (optional)
•1 tbsp Sherry Peppers Sauce*
•2 tsp sugar
•1/2 tsp dried oregano
•1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
•1 lb uncooked spaghetti
•Shredded cheese and fresh basil
*No Sherry Peppers Sauce? No Problem! Simply add a bit of decent sherry (none of that “cooking” stuff) and a dash or three of your fave hot sauce, to taste.
Cook the bulk sausage (I used hot Italian) in a large pan until nicely browned and completely cooked. Drain and wipe out the pan – or don’t; I usually brown ground meat until most pan liquids have been cooked off, then just proceed from there.
Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, cream, olives, Sherry Peppers, sugar, oregano, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine.
Add the uncooked spaghetti – or your pasta of choice – and stir.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often, until the pasta is done to your liking.
Give it all a toss with some freshly chopped basil, then serve with shredded cheese, some sort of bread (like these Garlic Butter Rolls) and a salad.
Company worthy dinner with rushed weeknight family dinner effort.
I like that!