Next thing I knew CIC was in 3 days!!! Life had gotten very Crazy around here even if the ingredients weren't and I had completely forgotten about this challenge. In the end, I went with my old stand-by, pasta. Pasta makes everything better and I needed a little comfort in my life.
I made a rich pasta sauce using Italian sausage, mushrooms, lots of herbs and spices and, of course, tomatoes. When the sauce had cooked down to a nice thick pot of goodness that made my house smell amazing....I added some heavy cream and made it perfection in a pot.
I decided that since I had to wait around for the sauce to simmer for a couple of hours it would be a good time to make some homemade fettuccine noodles to go with this sauce. I made my first homemade pasta at the beginning of the month and was tickled at how easy it is using my kitchen aid. I used the same recipe but the flat pasta plate instead of the macaroni plate.
John and Kirsten joined us for dinner after Mass and we had a wonderful relaxing evening of food, friends and fun.
Pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce
4 Italian Sausage Links, casings slit and removed, sausage crumbled
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz, mushrooms, sliced
1 T. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 qt. tomatoes, with juices
1 T. tomato paste
1/2 t. parsley paste
1/2 t. oregano paste
2 t. lightly dried basil
1/8 t. lightly dried red pepper flakes, crushed
1/3 c. heavy cream
1 lb fresh or dried pasta, cooked al dente
Heat olive oil in a dutch oven, or similar heavy vessel, over med high heat. Add the onions and garlic. Cook and stir until fragrant and softened, 2 or 3 minutes. Add the sausage, cook and stir, breaking up any large chunks until no longer pink. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally for 4 or 5 minutes until mushrooms have released all their liquid and it has evaporated. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine, bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally for 1-2 hrs, until thickened. Stir in heavy cream and serve over cooked pasta. Print Recipe