Bow Tie Pasta with Italian Sausage

So I have a confession to make.  You see, Mina hates sausage in his pasta. I was tired of doing pasta with a simple meat sauce…so I decided to try to be sneaky by taking the sausage out of it’s casing and I treated it like ground beef to make a pasta sauce.  So when I came to serve dinner, I didn’t mention that there could possibly be sausage in the pasta… just to see if perhaps he would give it another chance. Sneaky sneaky, I know. And  well, I failed. I suppose it was a worth a try though!  He noticed the sausage and wasn’t a fan. On a more positive note, I liked it and so did a friend who was having dinner with us!   So, if you’re a fan of sausage then I think this recipe is worth trying!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound spicy or sweet Italian sausage (I used spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomatoes, diced
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces bow-tie shaped pasta, or farfalle
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions:
1. Remove Italian sausage from casing.
2. Heat olive oil and brown garlic, onion, and sausage.  Drain excess fat.
3. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.
4.  Cover and put on low, allowing it to simmer for about 20 minutes.
5.  Cook pasta and drain water. Mix sauce and cooked pasta together.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
I ran out of lettuce for a traditional salad, so on the side I made a cucumber, tomato (I had red and yellow tomatoes), feta cheese, and dried cranberry salad.  I seasoned it with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and some parsley.  It was delicious!
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