Turkey Sausage Sauce with Penne

Pretty sad title for this recipe but that is the best I could do today. Feel free to jump in and save me on it. I find this easy, healthy and tasty. Brought it to a neighbor's house for dinner last night. I used sweet turkey sausage last night but normally I like to throw in one hot sausage. I am also heavy handed when it comes to the garlic, fennel and oregano. I am giving you an estimate on how much you need. Don't like to put Parmesan cheese on this, takes away from the fennel and overpowers the turkey flavor. If having wine with this you have to have a strong red. Simple oil and vinegar dressed salad and a loaf of bread, and you will feel like you are on a farm in Italy.

1lb of sweet turkey sausage and one or two hot turkey sausage, remove from casings
2 onions chopped
1 teaspoon fennel
3 garlic cloves chopped
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cans of tomato sauce (28 ounces each) I used crushed tomatoes, you can use whatever you want, but drain whole tomatoes a bit, don't want sauce to turn out watery
1/2 cup red wine, I used Burgundy
few tablespoons of olive oil

Cook broken up sausage over medium high heat, chopping it up as you go into smaller pieces for about 5 minutes. Set aside sausage in a bowl. If too much fat left in the pan, drain all but about a tablespoon, if not enough add some olive oil. Caramelize onions and garlic on medium to medium low for about 10 minutes. Add fennel and oregano and mix for a few minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for another 10 minutes. Add wine, sausage and red pepper, cook another 10 minutes or until sauce has reduced. Toss cooked penne or favorite pasta in sauce over heat for a few minutes.

Paula JeannePaula Jeanne



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