Today, I thought I would share one of my family’s favorite Sunday dinners. Does anyone regularly serve a large family dinner on Sundays? We try to eat together around the table as often as possible, but during the weekdays, we sometimes eat in shifts, according to the kids’ schedules.
To save time and make things way easier ourselves, I like to serve a large meal on Sundays and plan leftovers from this dinner. When I make pasta and sausage, I know everyone will eat it the first time around, I can easily stretch this out and it will easily reheat for tasty leftovers.
I use Italian sausage made from either pork or chicken, and I like to use the kind that has no, shall we say, icky stuff in it. Sometimes we even grill the sausage and then add it to the sauce, but this time I fried it, removed the grease, sliced it and then added some red pepper flakes, black pepper, dried oregano, basil, chopped garlic and onions.
Sometimes, I’ll make my own sauce, but for this version l combined one large jar of pasta sauce and one large can of crushed tomatoes. I like to season each layer of a dish, so I added more basil, oregano, pepper flakes, freshly ground pepper, a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of sugar to the sauce. The jarred sauce didn’t have any added ingredients, so this needed some added sugar to cut the acidity.
Hubby likes to make homemade garlic bread, and he simmers a few garlic cloves in a little butter and olive oil and then brushes the mixture onto slices of French bread and broils the bread to make it crisp. To give the sauce some added kick, I use the leftover garlic cloves and add them to the sauce. If you don’t want to eat a clove of garlic, just remove them before serving.
You can use any type of pasta, but this time, I used some pasta from Cost Plus. It’s imported from the Alsatian area of France, contains 7 eggs and is very rich! The good thing is one bag is enough for all of us and leftovers. Because it is rich, you don’t want to eat a lot in one sitting, which you shouldn’t do anyway, right?!
The other nice thing about this pasta is that it cooks quickly and really holds up well in the sauce. Right before I drain the pasta, I add a little bit of the pasta water to the sauce. After the pasta is done, it’s time to eat! We almost always have a large salad with pasta dinners, and combined with the garlic bread, you have a complete dinner.
Doesn’t that look yummy? For leftovers, I just reheat individual portions in the microwave, and we have a quick dinner without fast food or take-out!
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