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  • 1 pounds - Bowtie, Linguine, or Fettucine, or your preferred pasta
  • 2 tablespoons - Olive Oil
  • 1 pounds - Italian Sausage, Ground, Hot or Mild
  • 3 tablespoons - Dry Cooking Sherry, Vodka, or White Wine, Optional
  • 1 whole - Zucchini, Small sized, finely minced or processed
  • 1 whole - Shallot or Small Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 whole - Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 6 whole - Crimini Mushrooms, Finely minced or processed
  • 3 cloves - fresh garlic, finely minced or processed
  • 3 sprigs - Fresh Rosemary, Stripped from stem and minced
  • 5 leaves - Basil, Chiffonade
  • 1 whole - Carrot, medium sized, finely minced or processed
  • 3 whole - Tomatoes, Medium sized, diced
  • Directions:

    - Preheat a deep-sided frying pan or wok on medium heat.

    - Add Olive Oil to pan, then add sausage, pepper, shallot/onion, and zucchini, and cook until sausage is browned, breaking up sausage into bite-sized chunks.

    - Add Sherry , then simmer for 5 minutes. (optional, or substitute with white wine or vodka for a sweeter sauce)

    - While waiting, start water for pasta. Cook pasta according to directions while preparing rest of recipe. If done properly, sauce and pasta should be done simultaneously. (Optionally, add 2 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp coarse sea salt, and 1 bay leaf to water after adding pasta, and 2tsp butter to pasta after draining.)

    - Adjust saucepot heat to medium low, add the rest of the veggies and the herbs, and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes have rendered and sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.

    - Serving Suggestions; Serve over your preferred pasta, garnish with grated parmesan or romano cheese, serve with a side of cheesy garlic bread.

    Brief Description

    A delicious, meaty, hearty pasta sauce created with all fresh ingredients, good for family, friends, and guests.

    Main Ingredient:

    Italian Sausage

    Category:  Pasta

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 15 min
    Cook Time: 20 min


    - Stove temperatures vary; Make sure your simmer is below the spatter point, adjust heat as needed. Overheating and under-stirring gives a burned flavor that is singularly unpleasant.

    - If you prefer a chunkier sauce, simply adjust the minced ingredients to a cubed or chopped preparation, and cook on lower heat for an additional 5 minutes or so.

    - For a more tomatoey than meaty flavor, add a small can of tomato paste.

    -This freezes well, and keeps for months in the freezer. Very easily reheated.

    - Optionally it can be prepared in the crockpot/slow cooker. Just pre-brown and break up the sausage, throw everything in the pot, and cook on medium for 5 hours or so.

    - Enjoy! And let me know what you think!


    My own personal recipe.

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    July 22, 2015

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    1. MC says:

      This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing with us.

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