Saturday, June 4, 2011

Whole Wheat Pasta with Spicy Sausage

When we went for our vacation to Duluth, we spoke to some locals and we were strongly recommended to go to Grandma's restaurant and we tested a few different kinds of food there.  I particularly loved this spicy sausage penne with marinara sauce.  It was so light that you dont feel stuffed after eating it.  So I tried re-creating this simple dish by making my own marinara and using Johnsonville hot sausage and of course lots of basil.  I think I came pretty close to the taste.


2 - 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 - 28 oz can crushed tomato
1 -6 oz can tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp oregano
pinch of red pepper flakes

Note:  I browned spicy Johnsonville sausages and later added it to the sauce and simmer it with the sauce for about 20 minutes on low heat.

The measurement above can be altered to suit your taste.


In a large skillet, add little olive oil and saute garlic.  Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar, oregano and red pepper flakes. Stir all together and simmer over low heat for at least 30 minutes (for the best flavor). Add in the basil leaves. Stir frequently to prevent burning.

Another variation I did was using the same marinara sauce but made some meatballs spiced with italian spices, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, water and crushed cornflakes. Rolled them into balls, browned on a skillet and added to the sauce.

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