Monday, September 6, 2010

Sliced Sausage over Spaghetti and Tomato-Basil Sauce

I was running behind the day I cooked this so I don't have a picture to post.  I decided to take a nap when the kids fell asleep and I took a longer nap than planned but it was so worth it.  Enjoy!!!

Salt and pepper
1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
14 oz turkey sausage
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion
One 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
A few leaves of basil
1 tablespoon butter
Freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente.  Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.

2. Slice the sausage into thin pieces on the diagonal.  Drizzle a large skillet with oil over medium-high heat and add the sausage slices and cook, shaking the pan occasionally.

3. While the sausages cook, place a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and the garlic and stir for 1 minute.  Stir in the onion for 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and peeper. Once heated through, remove from the heat.  Stir in the basil to wilt.

4. Add the butter to the cooked pasta and toss. Add the tomato sauce and toss again. If the pasta is too thick, add a little of the reserved pasta cooking water to loosen things up a bit. Serve the pasta in bowls and top with cheese and sausage slices.

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