Home from a rough day of work, glass of wine in hand, and BOY do you NOT feel like cooking!  Been there, done that – in fact, I am there almost every night.  Lynne and I often forage through the fridge trying to decide what to eat.  

SOOOOO , pasta occasionally raises its tasty head.  We often keep a jar of tomato basil sauce handy – I happen to like Barilla, but it really doesn’t matter, since the transformation from jar to plate is pretty much complete before I get through with it.   So here goes – Dan’s Kitchen Sink Pasta Sauce: Sauce with what ever you have around in it – everything but the kitchen sink….. ok, maybe I am working this too hard… already, did this recipe once on the blog, ( check out November 2010 “ how little do you feel like cooking” post )  but added mushrooms this time…. Seriously, this takes a jar of pasta sauce into the home made realm…: this is good enough for a second hit – last time,  I promise!

Here we go:

1 Jar Tomato Basil Sauce, of your choice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced fine
1 hand full 3 color frozen peppers, rough chopped
3 turkey sausages, de skinned, and diced fine
3 tbs olive oil
5 twists fresh ground sea salt, 3 twists fresh ground pepper
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp basil
pinch red pepper flakes
½ 28 oz can diced tomatoes, NOT drained
Hand full of sliced mushrooms

Heat the olive oil, add garlic and onions.  Sauté until translucent, add sausage, cook thoroughly , mincing with a spatula to small pieces.  About 8 minutes.  Add mushrooms, and sauté for about 4 minutes until just starting to soften.  Add peppers,  diced tomatoes and spices, sauté till warm through out.   Add jar of sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and simmer for about 20 minutes minimum – the longer the better. 

Cook 2 portions of whole wheat pasta according to instructions, ( Regular if you  are lucky enough not to be on a carb restricted diet) and serve with fresh ground parmesan cheese… 15 minutes total, and tastes like you went out to dinner. Serve with a nice red wine – preferably in front of a fire, and life is good….. 

Apologies for the repeat, but this is a great, simple way to eat home made quick and easy!

Bon appetite!