I can't be the only one that has a "thing" for good pasta sauce. I'm not talking about a "oh, yeah, I like pasta sauce", but more of a "I can eat bowls of pasta sauce like soup and just forget the pasta" kind of "thing."
Oh, I'm alone there?
Well, it started innocently. I remember being about 13, and my mom was one of the first people I knew who use ground turkey and turkey sausage in place of the beef or pork version. My whole family didn't eat red meat for the longest time, so when companies came out with great turkey alternatives to things like Italian sausage, suddenly we had the opportunity for old favorite dinners again.
I came home from school one day to an amazing Italian-food smell in the house. I asked my mom what she was making, and she said "Oh, just some pasta sauce." I looked at her like only a 13-year-old can when she came to the dinner table with a bowl of just sauce, sans pasta, topped with parmesan cheese for herself. I enjoyed the sauce thoroughly: ground turkey, turkey Italian sausage, plenty of seasoning, and an excuse for shaky cheese.
I didn't believe that it would be as good without the pasta, but my leftovers the next day proved otherwise. And those exact leftovers will be my lunch tomorrow.
Easy Throw-Together Pasta Sauce
Ingredients (8 servings)
- 2 32-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 3-4 links turkey sweet Italian sausage
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat.
Remove the sausage from its casing and brown thoroughly in the pot. Add the turkey and brown that as well.
Season with salt and pepper, add the clove of garlic, then add the tomatoes.
Stir in the basil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Serve over pasta, or in a bowl by itself.
There really is something amazingly comforting about taking a bite of something and having it taste like a memory…
Trust me, and try this. You won't even need pasta!