Sometimes necessity is the mother of tasty invention in my kitchen! This is a “what’s in the fridge” post. I had some nice looking organic Italian pork sausage in long sandwich links. I had a red pepper and some onions and a can of crushed tomatoes. I wanted to make a pasta dish but was craving sausage with peppers and onions. This is my invention: sausage and pepper spaghetti. Sounds basic but I never thought of combining the concepts of that old favorite: sausage with onions and peppers with a fairly traditional red spaghetti sauce. This recipe marriage turned out just delicious. Plus it was relatively quick and easy too. My kind of recipe…
I made sure to not overcook the sauce so it was rather fresh flavored and I cooked the pasta for a couple minutes in the sauce and sausage mixture. I cut my onions and peppers into two sizes to give variety in the chunky sauce.
Of course, if you would like to use another protein like chicken sausage, go for it. This is not one of those recipes where you have to follow the instructions and ingredient list perfectly. Be creative and use what you have on hand. Go with the freshest and best quality ingredients available, don’t stray too far from the concept and it will be hard to go wrong with this entrée.
I honestly don’t think gluten free spaghetti could have been any better than this tasted. To put it another way, I didn’t miss wheat based pasta when I chowed down on this homey meal. I would serve it without hesitation to my wheat loving family knowing they would enjoy every bite just like me.
Here are all my cooking pictures; sometimes it is annoying when they are all spaced out in the recipe; clumping them together for your convenience!
Angie’s Spaghetti with Sausage and Peppers
1 lb fresh Italian sausage
1-2 tbsp. of EVOL
1 large yellow onion, sliced in long strips, half diced
1 large red pepper, sliced into long strips and half diced
2 garlic cloves, one minced and one sliced
1 tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp. white wine
I used a large cast iron frying pan; I know what you are thinking! Cast iron and tomatoes…not a great choice….well it fries stuff so well and I didn’t cook the sauce really long – so I think it was okay to use cast iron. But, in any case, use a large pan; 12 to 14 inch with at least three inch sides to hold all that sauce. Heat the pan; add the olive oil, when it is hot put in the sausage links. Brown on two opposite sides; about 4 minutes a side. Add the onions, stir it up and put the links on top of the onions. Cook 3 minutes, add the sliced/chopped pepper and stir well. Cook a minute or two, add the garlic, cook one minute, stir it up and add the canned crushed tomato and the herbs and stir again. I rinsed the tomato can out with the white wine and poured it in. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes.
Make the pasta, I used GF Barilla, salt the water well and stir it almost constantly while it boils. I undercooked it a minute. Drain quickly, return to the pasta pot, pour in the sauce and sausage and cook 2 minutes. Be sure to stir it several times as the sauce blends into the pasta so it doesn’t stick on the bottom. Taste to be sure the pasta is done and adjust the seasoning; salt and pepper to your liking.
Serve with some freshly shredded real parmesan cheese on top; much better than that canned pre-grated cheese. Perfection!