Thursday, September 3, 2015

Spaghetti with a Sausage Ragu Sauce - 52 Simple but Next Level Dishes

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Some days dinner is all about putting a hot nutritious meal on the table, tasty yet incredibly cheap.

This is one of those pantry meals when everything in the ingredient list (all of three items) are on my list of "sale items I always buy".

Like one of my favorites, bulk sausage frozen in a tube.  One pound of sausage, normally $3 or even $ a pound.  BUT, every few months they go on sale for only $1 a pound... I buy 20 at a time (or more).  they are vacuum packed, sealed and perfect to just toss in a freezer.

And of course pasta you can find on occasion 10 boxes for $10 and the sauce is something I like to can when tomatoes are freshest.  Straight out of my garden, what could be cheaper?  BUT, you can also find plenty of sales for good old reliable RAGU tomato sauce.  The jarred sauce works just fine for this recipe...

Something nutritious, cheap, easy and of course, delicious!

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

 OK... Here's what I did...

Spaghetti with a Sausage Ragu Sauce

  • 1 Box Pasta prepared aldente (Boil one minute less than suggested on the box)
  • 1 Pound Bulk Sausage (Tube) Browned, grease drained
  • 1 Pint (2 Cups) Tomato Pasta Sauce (Fresh Made, Home Canned or store bought)
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare pasta according to the directions on the box BUT, boil one minute less than directed. Pasta should be soft but still have a bit of a firmness when bitten.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saute pan brown the sausage and separate into clumps. Drain the fat.
  3. Add the sauce to the browned and drained sausage. increase heat to simmer the sauce.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, remove sauce from heat, drain and mix with the sauce and meat.
  5. Serve warm with a side of fresh made garlic toast and ENJOY!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Simple but Next Level Dishes"!

Kind of an odd title for these posts. But the longer sentence is... Simple recipes that are easy and inexpensive that will take your cooking to the next level... Things like easy pickled items (I always have a jar of Pickled Red Onions for sandwiches in my fridge). Or how about the easiest bread to make in the world... Beer Bread that is tasty on it's own but also makes a wonderful open face pizza style sandwich... With easy to make Tomato Sauce. Or how about Roasting Garlic for a spread on toast points for a unique appetizer. Infusing Oil with Herbs or spices or spicy peppers. Or how about making your own BBQ sauce. Nothing sets you apart as a grill master like setting out a jar of your own specialty BBQ Sauce.

You get the idea. These recipes are very simple, take very little time but will set you apart as a better cook...


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