Recipe: Sunday – Spaghettini in Meat Sauce with Italian Sausage

|February 24, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

Regardless of the heat and humidity – I HAVE to make a meal today. No more one-skillet meals to "cheat" in this weather.

While it is too hot for baking, I left quite early to get to the market and I picked up two loaves of Italian bread to go with our meal today. I would have loved to bake bread today – but I just can't do it in this heat.

Promises of rain from the weatherman are just that – promises – and no rains.

Since I have to cook – I am going to make enough for two days and of course, there is a method to my madness – if I can get a third meal somehow with something – by George, I'm gonna do it.

I took some rope-style Italian Sausage out of the freezer before I ran to the market, and it was almost thawed out in that short time I was gone (less than 20 minutes!)

I cut the sausage into links, and skillet-fried in a bit of olive oil.

Once fried, I added my ground chuck – seasoned with Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, fennel, garlic, onion powder, parsley.

When the ground chuck was fried, I added:

1 can (29 oz.) tomato puree
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (29 oz.) water (almost full)
Seasoned with Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, onion powder, chili powder, marjoram, basil, garlic, parsley, pinch Italian seasoning, fresh grated Pecorino Romano and a pinch of sugar – all to taste.

Covered and let simmer while I was waiting for my water to boil for my spagettini #9.
Once the water boiled, I added my Kosher salt, waited for the water to return to a full boil, and cooked my spaghettini al dente.

While the spaghettini was cooking, I assembled a quick salad of lettuce, tomato, and sliced pepperoncini peppers in my homemade vinaigrette.

A platter full of spaghettini in meat sauce – and enough Italian sausage so that we can have Italian sausage on Italian bread sammies later.

Topped with a bit of fresh grated Pecorino Romano.

And I've got more than a quart of homemade meat sauce that I have cooling in the refrigerator, and I will bottle that up tomorrow and I'll have it for another meal that I'll be able to put together in no time! And I have more than enough spaghettini for tomorrow's dinner!

Later on – Italian sausage bombers with grated cheese! No complaints from anyone with this meal today!

I told you there was a method to my madness!

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