Wednesday, August 6, 2008

carb craving

Monday was my day off and it was devoted to chores and general putzing around. And such inactivity got me craving some carbs... Of course, we still do so with a healthy spin. For pasta we had Eden Foods Kamut Vegetable Spirals. I love these little devils.

Italian Sausage Marinara

6-8 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
1-large sweet yellow onion diced
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
1-pound of sweet Italian sausage (not in casings)
1-pound of spicy Italian sausage (not in casings)
1-28 ounce can of Muir Glen chunky tomato sauce
1-6 ounce can of Muir Glen tomato paste
Sweet Marsala wine as needed
Sea salt
Fresh chopped Italian basil (as prefered)
Fresh chopped Italian Parsley (as prefered)
Freshly cooked pasta

(For the thinly sliced garlic…I have this convenient little gadget.)

Over low heat in a 4 quart sauce pan sauté garlic and onion in the olive oil until lightly caramelized. Break up sausage and add to garlic and onion. Cook until just browned. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook over low heat for an hour. If necessary, add Marsala wine one tablespoon at a time if the sauce is too acidic. Remove from heat and add basil and parsley. Before serving, taste and add salt if necessary.


TavoLini said...

you know, I have never used muir glen tomatoes. Are they worth the extra 50 cents?

Looks tasty!

buffalodickdy said...

I've got a couple of garlic presses- but neither of mine can do that slicing trick!

Tanya Kristine said...

whoa. i love that slicer!!! i also love my vidalia chop wizard garlic press...that's right. i said it.

Michelle Ann said...

Tavolini-I totally think the Muir Glen are worth it...they also have fire roasted can tomatoes that can make a great chipotle salsa on the fly.

Buffalo-it is the most used item in the kitchen other than my Japanese chef knife.

TK-you will be pleased to know that I used my Vidalia Onion Chopper and it saved me time and many tears. We need to get you one of these garlic slicers and you can press a ton of garlic because the well area is huge!

doggybloggy said...

damn I take back every bad thing I ever said about you....

Michelle Ann said...

Doggy-yes take back EVERYTHING and you can be removed from my Doggy Doo Doo list.. :)

Carrie™ said...

You're posting food, Tanya's posting food - what the hell is going on? I LOVE IT!! Not that I don't love your other posts, but this is a nice treat. The sauce sounds marvelous! I'm going to copy it and try it with veggie sausage. And I am so envious of you with your garlic press/slicer. I have a press, but I slice the old fashioned way. I need to get with the times.

Joe said...

Hold on. When do to we get the Chipotle salsa recipe? You can't just tease like that you know.

Insane Mama said...

I love stumbling across a blog and seeing a recipe that I know I MUST try!
And this is one of them...

SSC~ The Domestic Diva said...

Mmm I think I am going to have to make that. It looks healthy enough.

Michelle Ann said...

Carrie-I am in one of those cycles where I am doing alot of cooking...I hope it lasts. And I bet the veggie sausage would be yummy. Go get yourself a garlic slicer!!!

Joe-I will have to write out a recipe for Chipotle salsa...I usually make salsa out of whatever I have on hand.. You never know..

Insane-it's super easy and another way to make it spread further for a larger family is to use any cooked stuffed pasta (ravioli, tortellini) and layer it into a baking dish like lasagna with some shredded parm and bake it for 25 minutes at 375.

SSC-I know you are becoming one healthy lady; so you can use ground turkey and italian seasoning with pepper flakes to give it a kick!

deb said...

I'm such a ding ding, I read Crab Craving and was like where's the Crab?

pinknest said...

i must dive into this saucy madness.