Monday, May 9, 2011

Homemade Pasta Sauce

I'm back after a nice week-ish break. Summer is coming up and I'm trying to ready myself for bathing suit time. I've starting taking ballet again, slowly but surely I will get my skills back, pilates and yoga once a week, and trying to eat healthier.

 I'll probably be cooking less now that the weather is warming up to hot.
Here's a little catch up from the past week though. Hope everyone is well and that all the mothers out there had a great Mother's Day weekend!

Mine was completely with breakfast in bed, flowers from the kiddos and hubby, and a nice BBQ for dinner.  I love my family and feel very in love with my husband right now. This feeling may change as the week goes on. ;-)
 I think it was my best Mother's Day yet. I'm a lucky lady.

Here is a little catch up from the past week.


Homemade Pasta Sauce

1 large can crushed tomatoes, in puree
1 smaller can Italian style diced tomatoes
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch of fresh parsley
3 cloves of garlic
 garlic salt & black pepper to taste
1 package Jimmy Dean Original Sausage
3 zucchini squash, chopped into large chunks




In my food processor I added: 2 large tomatoes, can of crushed tomatoes, can of Italian style diced tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, and turned it on low, setting #1, until it was a nice puree consistency.
Transfer the tomato mixture to large saucepan.

At this point I added in my chunky vegetables:  3 zucchini squash, washed and chopped into medium chunks, and 1 large tomato cut the same way.

Next, on medium low heat, I began to heat my sauce until it began to slightly boil.

Then turned it down to low heat and let the flavors cook together for about 20 minutes. Stir along the way so that it doesn't burn.
(You can cook the sauce until the squash is as soft or as crispy as you like)

During this 20 minutes, I cooked up some sausage for my sauce.
I package of Jimmy Dean Original Sausage.
It doesn't take long to cook, and once it was done, I drained the grease and put it in my pan of simmering sauce. It's a nice change up from ground beef.


I served my sauce atop Penne Rigate pasta.
Everyone was happy and the kids got in a nice serving of vegetables.
SSSHHHHH don't tell.

Enjoy, Happy Monday. Thanks for coming by.

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