cook it … fettucini with tomatoes and spicy sausage

Over the past few months I have stopped grocery shopping, and as a result stopped cooking.  Or perhaps it is really the other way around.  Cooking has just seemed like a big chore.

As of this week I am back on track, with food in the fridge, that is not rotted, and recipes in hand.  I always find myself coking more in the winter when the nights come early, and it is just to cold to go back out.  The heat from my oven also helps to heat the house which is always appreciated in the winter, and not so much in the summer.

The point of all this is that I am going to be posting a Sunday Supper every week on the following Monday.  These meals might not be cook all day, traditional large Sunday meals, but Sunday is a day that I usually have the time to cook a dinner and not end up eating at 10pm! So today might be Tuesday, but it is indeed the first Sunday Supper post.

It is no secret that I adore, no love, Simply Recipes by the lovely Elise Bauer.  I have been cooking from the blog for about 4 years and have never had a bad meal.  There are so many options, and it is super easy to use.  A bonus for me is the iphone app that makes picking diner a snap.  The only thing that could make it better would be a grocery list option.  Sometimes I follow the recipes exactly, and other times I change them depending on what I have on hand. {Why buy something else if I can substitute something that I already have on hand}

My changes in the recipes will be in {these} and this color!

Fettuccine {Spaghetti} with Creamy Tomato & Italian Sausage Sauce

you will need…

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 pound spicy or hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • {1 pound spicy Italian Sausage, casings removed}
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes in juice {1 large can whole roma tomatoes, squished in hands with juice}
  • 1 Tbsp dried sage
  • 3/4 pound fettuccine {Spaghetti}
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

now do this…

1. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic and sauté until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add sausages and sauté until no longer pink, breaking up the sausages a bit, about 5 minutes. Add cream; simmer 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with juices. Add sage. Simmer until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. {I apparently did not read this very well because I stirred constantly, and it thickened a bit, but not completely. I would suggest this method}

2 Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. {I did not reserve cooking liquid because again i did not read this, and I ALWAYS forget this step. My sauce was plenty thin and did not require any extra liquid.  Probably the whole stirring bit from step 1}

3 Return pasta to same pot; add sauce. Toss over medium heat until sauce coats pasta, adding reserved cooking liquid by 1/4 cupfuls if mixture is dry. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl; sprinkle with cheese and serve. {Again, no liquid, I served mine with pasta in one bowl and the sauce in another so each person could choose the correct amount for themselves. People can be very particular when it comes to this!}  feeds 6, really

This dish is super easy and really filling.  I made it last week after seeing a movie with a friend while the guys were watching football at home.  It was so nice to return home and whip up a great meal for friends on a cold night.  I was having such a great evening I forgot to take some pictures of the dish… Must get better about that! So sorry to Elise for borrowing her image. But is really is quite nice!

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