Monday, May 31, 2010

Spaghetti and Sausage

The baked fish is taking its time, so I thought I'd write up this favorite pasta recipe from my husband. As always it took a while to perfect and is now set for posterity. I don't care much for pasta but I am totally there for him when he makes this one. Simple and delicious, here it is:

In The Mix

thin spaghetti : 16 oz. (one pack)
water : enough to cook the spaghetti
salt to taste

to bake
sliced mushroom : 4 oz (1/2 cup)
red bell pepper : 1/2 julienned
green bell pepper : 1/2 julienned
zuchini : 2 sliced into thin circles with skin on
asparagus : 2 or 3 sticks.  (cut into 2 to add the heads and slice the bottom half to add as optional)
red onion : 1/4 to 1/2 sliced
tomato : 1 diced into thin pieces (optional)
crushed garlic : 4-5 cloves
salt & pepper to taste
olive oil : 2 tbsp

to saute
hot sausage : 5 or 6 (we use hot italian sausage)
water : enough to cook the sausage
tomato : 1 diced to saute
spaghetti sauce : 3/4 of 32 oz. jar (we use Classico all natural triple mushroom sauce from Costco)
olive oil : 1/2 tbsp

How To Do

Preheat oven to 400F.

Boil water with salt, and add the spaghetti. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes in boiling water. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

Boil water and cook the sausage. Drain and slice into thin circles once cooled. 

Cover a cookie sheet with foil and grease with half of the olive oil. Take all the properly cut 'to bake' ingredients and spread on the sheet. Now sprinkle/mix the salt, pepper and remaining olive oil on the veggie goodness. Bake for about 15 minutes. Take out, mix together and bunch up to combine the flavors well. Bake for 10-15 minutes more taking care not to burn any of the ingredients. Take out and set aside.

Heat oil in a pan and saute the tomato. Add the sausage and saute for 2-3 minutes. Now add the spaghetti sauce and simmer for 5-6 minutes. Add the roasted mixture. Don't over mix. Check for salt and add if needed. Pour over spaghetti in a plate and devour!

My husband has quite the green thumb when it comes to flowers. He takes after my brother! Really it is from his Dad:-) Enjoy this black beauty from our garden covered in rain drops.