Saturday, July 31, 2010

Molly eating her favorite Sausage Penne with Red Peppers

This is our Molly enjoying her favorite dish. She is a Wonderful and Zany girl that keeps us on our toes. She is starting school in the fall and we are so happy she is our girl.

Molly's favorite Sausage Penne w/ Red Peppers

1 lb sausage mixed with 1 tsp. fennel seeds and 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes.
1/2 pound penne pasta
2 Tbs olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic minced
Red bell pepper sliced in 1/4 strips or diced
1/2 tsp. salt
4 green onions, white and some green, chopped
1 28 oz can or 2- 14 oz cans whole peeled Italian plum tomatoes. When I can't find them I use Italian style sliced tomatoes.
1 Tbs fresh or 3/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves and oregano leaves. Freshly ground black pepper or regular pepper.
Grated parmesan cheese.

Cook pasta according to directions until al dente. Reserve 2 Tbs. cooking liquid. Drain pasta
Meanwhile heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown sausage, then add garlic, cook stirring until softened ( less than 1 minute). Add peppers and 1/4 tsp. salt, Cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, add onions and cook 5 minutes more.
Meanwhile combine tomatoes, thyme, oregano, remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and pepper to taste; process until tomatoes are roughly chopped. Pour into skillet with the meat mixture. Cook stirring occasionally until sauce thickens about 10 minutes.
Stir in drained pasta and reserved 2 Tbs. liquid, cook over medium heat to allow pata to sok up some of the sauce, 3-4 minutes. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

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