Friday, September 23, 2011

Pasta with Peas and Sausage

Tonight I made pasta with peas and sausage.  The recipe called for canned peas, but I used frozen because they taste way better and I don't like mushy peas (who does??).  There were also a bunch of comments on the recipe that it tasted bland, so I added a ton of garlic powder.  (Obviously the other cooks weren't Italian!)  The final thing I did was use crushed tomatoes instead of sauce for extra flavor and not as much water as was called for.

The sauce, simmering away! 

Almost finished...

Pasta with Peas and Sausage!
Pasta with Peas and Sausage:
1 small onion, minced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage, removed from casing
1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1 bag frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cup water
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp. basil
1 Tbsp. garlic
1 lb. ziti
Freshly grated parmesan

In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the onion in oil, stirring occasionally, for bout five minutes.  Add the sausage adn cook it until no longer pink.  Drain, then add the tomatoes, peas, water, salt, pepper, basil, and garlic.  Bring to a boil and simmer for twenty minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions.  Drain, and add the the sauce.  Simmer until heated through.
Serve, topped with parmesan.

Recipe adapted from Food Network