Tuesday, March 15, 2011

pete's sausage and peppers

now one of my all time favorite dinners is Saint Joseph's Dinner on March 19.. pete's family is italian and they don't celebrate Saint Patricks Day, the Italians celebrate Saint Joseph's Day.. i didn't think we were going to be having the dinner this year so i bought the fixens to make sausage and peppers tonight.. but i found out we are having the dinner this saturday. yay!! i can't wait i will post recipes from the dinner on the weekend.. but for now on to the sausage and peppers.. on tuesdays shell and i go the gym at 6.. now i work over 35 miles from where i live so it's a trek.. so i raced home.. got changed and headed back out the door to the gym.. leaving directions for pete to make dinner.. and while he walked around the kitchen aimlessly looking for a wooden spoon. and i am thinking really pete we have lived here 9 years and the spoons are in the same place as day 1.. *eyeroll* men.. ha .. he did an excellent job once he got his groove going..



prep time: 20 minutes
cooking time: 45-60 minutes
servings:  6
ingredients:

olive oil
2 lbs turkey italian sausage, cut into bite size chunks (i like to mix the sweet with the spicy) if you don't want to use turkey the regular kind is wonderful..
2-3 red bell peppers (depending on size), chopped
2 onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. of dried oregano
1/2 cup chopped basil leaves
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tblsp. tomato paste
1 cup red wine
1 cup chicken broth
2 15 oz. can diced tomatoes

heat oil (2 turns around the pan) in a heavy large skillet over medium heat.. add the sausage and cook until brown on all sides, about 7-10 minutes.  remove from pan and set aside. (drain some of the grease if using regular sausage and not turkey ...leave about a tablespoon)  keeping the pan over medium heat add peppers, onions, salt, pepper and cook until tender about 5 minutes.*  add oregano, basil and garlic.. cook for another 2 minutes.. now add the tomato paste and stir.. add wine, chicken broth and tomatoes.  stir to combine, scraping the bottom of pan to get the wonderful brown bits.  bring to a simmer.. add the sausage back to the pan and stir to combine.  cook until sauce is thickened, about 45 minutes if you have more time i would cook it for 60 minutes it seems to taste better...  serve in bowls.. (we are low carbing so no pasta for us but goes very well over any kind of pasta) salad and garlic bread..

*if your in a real rush eliminate everything from salt and pepper down on the ingredient list and use 2 jars of good quality marinara sauce instead.. add to sausage, pepper and onions and cook for about 45-60 minutes on a low simmer.

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