And here is something a little different – homemade pasta sauce using sausages instead of the traditional ground beef. Pasta sauce really doesn’t need much meat – it can actually be totally vegetarian and still taste great! I think this variation will make for a nice change from the traditional and using various types of sausages in it (especially if you make some the smoked variety) will give a surprising flavour!
Sausage Pasta Sauce
3 different sausages (such as sweet or spicy Italian sausage or smoked sausage- quantity depends on how much you want to put in)
2 onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic
4tablespoons (or so) tomato paste
1 cup (or so) red wine (you can substitute with beef broth or water if you wish – but wine gives it extra nice flavour))
2 32-ounce cans plum tomatoes
1 rosemary or thyme sprig
Salt and pepper
Cut your sausages into 1 to 1-1/2 inch pieces. Heat the olive oil and brown the sausages very well. Turn the heat to low and add the onions – cooking and stirring until they are soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add tomato paste and fry it over medium-high heat, stirring, for about a minute. Then add the red wine and tomatoes. Crush the tomatoes a little in the pot, then bring to a simmer and add the rosemary or thyme.
Simmer, partially covered, for as long as you can – the longer it simmers the better the flavor. When you want to serve it, taste and season with salt and pepper.
That is just how easy this recipe is! If you want the flavours to really sink in – make this sauce day before you want to serve it, store in refrigerator and reheat just before serving! ENJOY!