Dee Dee's Pasta Italiano

Diane Hopson Smith

By
@DeeDee2011

While I know it's easy to open up a can or jar of marinara sauce, I love making my own and the taste just can't be beat. I use this sauce for spaghetti, lasagna and now in this dish.

Not sure when I discovered my love for Italian cuisine (it's been a long time ago) but I think I could be very happy eating this comfort food everyday!

Hope you enjoy as much as we do.


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Serves:

6 to 8

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1
(19 oz) package johnsonville mild italian sausage
1
(1-lb) box penne pasta, cooked to directions

MARINARA SAUCE

3 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1 large
onion, chopped
1 large
bell pepper, chopped
4 clove
garic, minced (can use jarred minced garlic)
1
(16-oz) package fresh mushrooms, sliced (i have used canned)
1 tsp
red pepper flakes
1 tsp
fennel seeds
3
(14.5-oz) cans diced tomatoes and juice
1
(6-oz) can tomato paste
1 c
water
1/2 c
fresh basil, chopped (or a couple of tsp dried)
2 tsp
italian seasoning
1 tsp
sugar
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Remove casings from sausage, break sausage up and brown in a skillet; set aside.
2
SAUCE:
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic; saute until tender; add mushrooms and saute for another minute.
3
Add red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, tomatoes, tomato paste, water, basil, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt and pepper; stir. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat slighly and let simmer for 15 minutes covered. Remove lid; add sausage and simmer another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to thicken.
4
Remove from heat and serve over hot pasta. I served with fresh homemade rolls hot out of the oven and fried green beans as a side. Hope you enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian