Pasta with sausage, tomato and cream sauce

Pasta with sausage, tomato and cream sauce

When I was a kid, I always knew what was for dinner by the day of the week.  Mondays were always soup and a chicken dish.  Tuesdays and Thursdays were a meat, potato and vegetable meal.  Fridays were always fish – even if it wasn’t lent.  And, Wednesdays were always pasta with homemade marinara sauce, meatballs and sausage.

I’m not sure how the correlation between Wednesdays and spaghetti began.  Maybe it was from the 1969 Prince spaghetti slogan, “Wednesday is Prince spaghetti Day.”  Generations of Americans still recall the company’s memorable slogan and little Anthony running through the streets of Boston’s north end to be home for his momma’s spaghetti dinner. Take a trip down memory lane by watching that commercial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlNAYCcxgUw

While I do make my own homemade traditional marinara sauce, I’ve also come to love several variations of the time-honored sauce recipe.

Here’s my recipe for pasta with a sausage, tomato and light cream sauce.  It’s a hearty sauce with a delicate flavor from the turkey sausage and light cream.  Try it for a variation from your traditional spaghetti sauce.

Pasta with sausage, tomato and cream sauce

Pasta with sausage, tomato and cream sauce

Pasta with sausage, tomato and cream sauce

Ingredients:

1 lb. sweet turkey sausage, casing removed

2 tbsp olive oil

1 c. chopped yellow onion

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1, 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes

1, 8oz cans of tomato sauce

2/3 c. light cream (measure it out and set it aside so it’s not too cold.  Otherwise it may curdle when adding into the warm sauce)

¼ c chopped Italian parsley

¼ c chopped fresh basil

1 lb. pasta

Directions:

In a large sized skillet with a lid, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and sauté until the onion is tender.  Add the garlic and continue sautéing for 3 minutes.  Be careful not to let the garlic burn.  Add the sausage and cook until it is no longer pink, breaking it up into small pieces with a potato masher hand kitchen utensil.  Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, parsley and cream.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.  Just before adding the sauce to the hot pasta, add in the fresh basil.

Mmm!  The sauce is simmering.

Mmm! The sauce is simmering.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, according to the package instructions. While I’ve used farfalle pasta for this recipe, I recently found this Colavita brand of fettuccini pasta at Walmart’s grocery store.  I think it tastes like homemade pasta.

Colavita brand fettuccini pasta nests

Colavita brand fettuccini pasta nests

Drain the pasta.  Add the sausage sauce to the hot pasta and toss until the sauce coats the pasta.

Makes 4-6 servings, depending on portion size.  I pair it with a simple garden salad and garlic bread.

 

What’s your favorite kind of pasta sauce?

Do you make homemade spaghetti sauce?

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