Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Dinner Winner!

I am not exactly sure what I would call this ... it's sausage, onions, and peppers with a plum tomato sauce served over whole wheat penne pasta.

When we make something new at our house ... we talk about the process and then Rich most often ends up cooking it. I chop everything so that all he has to do is prepare it. (wouldn't you love it if you had someone to do that for you?)
olive oil
1-1/2 Pounds of mild italian sausage
1 28 oz can of Whole Plum Tomatoes(I ran them through the food processor because I didn't want a complete melt down from the little Hollands about chunky tomatoes in their bowls.)
1/2 of a large onion chopped
1 large green pepper chopped into large chunks
5 cloves of garlic chopped
6 T or so of prepared pasta sauce(whatever you happen to have on hand)

Rich started by putting a small amount of olive oil in the skillet and cooked the sausage until most of the pink was gone(add onions part way through that prices). Then add juices plus some water to the sausage and cover to finish cooking the sausage thoroughly. Add green peppers and garlic to the skillet and sauté for a couple minutes. Then add the tomatoes. Add about 6 heaping tablespoons of prepared pasta sauce to the mix. He also seasoned with coarse black pepper. You can sprinkle with mozzarella or you can throw it all in a casserole dish and top with mozzarella and put it under the the broiler for a few minutes. We just sprinkled mozzarella on ours after spooning it into the plates.

It was a winner! The children ate it. Martin and Jonathan liked it the best. Rosalie was only okay with it. Aaron would have preferred to skip it. Aaron would have like it better if the texture of the tomatoes were more smooth like spaghetti sauce. I loved the texture of the tomatoes!


  1. Isn't it funny how kids are about tomatoes?! I have 2 that love them and one who wont touch them. She even hated her first experience as a toddler with them.

    Glad you found a recipe that works for your family (well, mostly)!

  2. This looks so delicious, not only for my son and the daycare children, but for me too. ;-)

    I would also like to award you with the One Lovely Blog Award.