April 02, 2010

Spaghetti with Sausage & Simple Tomato Sauce

I have to say the Cooking Light April 2010 issue is really awesome.  There are so many recipes in it that I am planning to make....and have made!  My blogging friend Jamie and fellow Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club buddy made this earlier this week.  When she said it was a "family pleasing dinner", I knew I would definitely be making it!

Like Jamie, I did not find turkey sausage (why is that so hard to find anymore?) but I did find the Al Fresco Italian Chicken Sausage - which is actually much better than turkey sausage in my opinion!  I also did not have whole tomatoes but did have crushed tomatoes....these worked just as well!

This was a quick, easy, and very yummy meal to sit on our Friday night table after a rough day (and yes, Friday afternoon turned out to be a very rough day for me!).


Spaghetti with Sausage and Simple Tomato Sauce
adapted from Cooking Light


8 ounces hot Italian turkey (or Chicken) sausage links
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 (28-ounce) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup torn fresh basil
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Slice sausages and cook in small amount of oil in a hot skillet until done.  Set aside and keep warm.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

Place tomatoes in a food processor and process until almost smooth. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add crushed red pepper and minced garlic; saute 1 minute; Stir in tomatoes, sugar, and salt; cook 4 minutes or until slightly thick. Add sausage and cooked pasta to pan; toss well. Top with fresh basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

19 comments:

  1. I absolutely love Johnsonville's smoked turkey sausage. Six grams of fat per serving and when you add it to a pasta recipe you can almost divide that in half. But I've been having a hard time finding it too!

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  2. Yum yum! I've never tried or seen turkey sausage before, but the chicken sausage is really good!

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  3. Lol, I rcv'd this recipe in an email and saved it to make this weekend. Glad to hear that you give it a thumbs up.

    Happy Easter!
    ~ Ingrid

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  4. I love turkey meatballs and sausage this is a perfect way to make healthy pasta!

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  5. I agree Shelby, the April CL edition is full of great recipes. I have a ton bookmarked. I'm glad you liked this recipe as much as my family did. I have never tried chicken sausage but the next time I make this recipe I will definitely be trying it.

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  6. This is hearty and delicious Shelby. Since both you and Jamie highly recommend it it may be showing up soon. I can't wait to get my issue of Cooking Light:D

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  7. i have been staying away from carbs, so i miss my pasta. you have no idea how good this looks.

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  8. yummy pasta and such an elegant photo!

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  9. Love turkey sausage! This sounds delicious!

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  10. that sounds fantastic, it's making me hungry and i just ate!

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  11. I love CL! So many good recipes and so much healthier!
    Happy Easter! :)

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  12. Looks and sounds yummy! Happy Easter!

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  13. That is my kind of meal! I know everyone in my family would be clammoring for the last little bite!

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  14. I love meals like this one, so simple yet delicious and satisfying

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  15. That looks so good - and I'm starving. I could do this for breakfast...
    We can't get any but good old pork sausage with mystery bits. Europeans, in general, aren't so, um, fussy, about their sausages. Which means I had to get used to finding inedible bits on occasion. The more 'country' the sausage the more chunks. Really tasty tho.... LOL

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  16. Oh how yummy! Hope this posts-my computer hasn't let me post comments on your site for about a month :*(

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  17. I agree with you about this most recent issue of CL. This recipe was one of the first I tagged!
    Love your photos... yum!

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  18. Can you guys get Lupo's sausage up there? Their hot chicken sausage is the best I have ever had. This looks great & sorry you had a bad day - hope things are better now!

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