Well winter has settled in in our part of the world. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but right now we have a foot of snow on the ground! This kind of weather gets me into the kitchen making home-y, hearty dinners.
And like a lot of families, spaghetti is a favourite. My kids could eat it once a week if I made it. I’m trying to switch things up with this classic dish, so we aren’t eating the same thing all the time. So when I stumbled upon this recipe, I just knew it would be a great change.
And a great thing about this recipe is you likely have the ingredients on hand. I love when I can make a delicious dinner without having to go out to the store for last minute ingredients.
This pasta recipe very simple to make, and it makes your home smell amazing while it’s cooking!
Tomato & Red Pepper Pasta with Italian Sausages
Recipe adapted from epicurious.com
- olive oil
- 6 Italian sausages
- 2 large onions,
- chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 red peppers, chopped
- ½ cup red wine (or broth)
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 1 - 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- ½ cup pureed butternut squash (optional)
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- salt & pepper
- Add enough olive oil to a large pan to lightly cover the surface of the pan.
- Add the sausages and cook on medium-high heat, until the sausages are nice and golden. After this time, remove from the pan and set aside.
- Remove most of the oil from the pan, then add the onions and cook until they start to caramelize, scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Once the onions are moist and golden brown, add the garlic and cook for a few minutes.
- Return the sausages to the pan, along with the red pepper. Stir for a few minutes.
- Add the wine (or broth), tomato paste, squash, diced tomatoes, oregano, bay leaves and salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid, and simmer very gently for about 1 hour.
- Serve over the pasta of your choice: whole wheat spaghetti, penne, linguine.
- This is a very versatile recipe: You can add any kind of bell peppers of your choice, more garlic if you like. You could also add some shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, or squash puree for extra nutrition.
I hope you enjoy it. Stay warm & delicious!