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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  1. What a great way to use all of the fresh summer tomatoes that are available right now!

  2. Recipe looks great, but what I miss is the yield/servings, prep time cooking time summary. This happens with a lot of recipes on this site.

  3. I love Italian sausage, spicy and mild. This dish is really calling my name and it is going to appear soon.

  4. Yummy!! not tried this before, sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing.


  5. I think my favourite Italian dish is the simple, yet delicious spaghetti with meat sauce.

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