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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kim's Pasta Olio with Italian Sausage Sauce

Kim (my daughter) wanted to make dinner the other night. I waited and waited for her to ask what "I" wanted her to prepare... I was even thinking up some ideas, when she came to me and said that she had found a few recipes that she wanted to try out! WOO HOO...that was even better. I turned the kitchen over to her and she worked away at creating her "master pieces" in the kitchen. THEY (the other recipe will be featured on Friday's post) turned out MAGNIFICENT! NOW that I know she CAN cook (because she always claimed she "couldn't"), I just might turn the kitchen over to her more often.

Pasta Olio with Italian Sausage Sauce

16 oz pasta (your choice, we used Rigatoni noodles)
3/4 c. butter, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to instructions on the box. Drain. Melt 1/4 c. of the butter in a skillet. Add garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes; remove from heat. Melt the remaining butter in the skillet with the garlic. Place pasta in a large bowl, combine with butter mixture. Mix well. Top with Italian Sausage Sauce (recipe below)

Italian Sausage Sauce

1 lb. ground Italian sausage
1 T. oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 (16 oz) can canned tomatoes
1 T. parsley
1 (15 oz) can canned tomato sauce
1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 t. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano

In a large skillet, heat sausage oil, garlic and onion until browned, drain. Pour in tomatoes and tomato sauce; mix in salt, pepper, basil, oregano and parsley into cooked/drained sausage. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over HOT pasta.

*You can also substitute ground beef for the sausage...that tastes great as well!

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