Sunday, August 30, 2015

Spicy Tomato Sausage Pasta


My tomatoes are still doing well in the garden.   Sometimes they need to be used up fast so making a quick tomato and pasta dinner is the answer.  

My husband and son love hot Italian sausage so I added some of it to make this pasta irresistible.  Of course you can add any ground meat you like or no meat at all.  My daughter likes less meat, so I kept the sausage crumbles large enough that I could pick them out of her dish.  

Yes, it try to make everyone happy at the dinner table. :)  What made Mom happy was the fact this spicy pasta came together in less than thirty minutes in one pot.

1 box of any style short cut pasta ( I used penne)
1lb hot Italian Sausage crumbled and browned well
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes cut into half or quarters
1 medium onion chopped
1-2 jalapeno peppers sliced
salt and black pepper to taste
red pepper flakes to taste
3-4 cloves garlic finely minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 cup pasta water retained after cooking pasta
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Step 1:  Boil pasta in salted water (put at least 1 heaping tablespoon of salt into boiling water before adding pasta).  Retain 1 cup of starchy pasta water before draining pasta.

Step2: Crumble and brown Italian sausage well.

Tip:  I used a potato masher to crumble up the sausage. 
Next add tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes,  garlic powder, basil. Saute for 1 minute then add the starchy cooking water and cook for 5 minutes until tomatoes are completely softened and release their juices. 

 Then add the cooked pasta and Parmesan Cheese.  Toss well and taste for salt and seasoning. Serve hot.  Enjoy.

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