Friday, January 16, 2015

dining in: spicy chicken italian sausage bolognese

One of my fave, and quick dishes for unexpected company, is my Bolognese.  It is a little different in that I use Chicken Italian Sausage instead of ground chicken or beef.  It takes a little over an hour to prepare so it is great for a last minute supper, but it tastes even better as leftovers a couple of days later.
Spicy Chicken Italian Sausage Bolognese
serves 2-3
½ T olive oil
¼ onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
½ # sweet or spicy chicken Italian sausage
Chili flakes, you decide how spicy you want your Bolognese
½ tsp. Italian seasoning
8 oz. tomato sauce
3 oz. tomato paste (freeze the remaining 3 oz.)
¼ C red wine
Bay leaf
S & P to taste
Fresh parsley
8 oz. pasta, shape of choice
Grated Parmesan cheese
Add olive oil to a warm 10-12 inch skillet.  Saute onion and carrot until onion is transparent.  Add garlic and cook for about 1 min.  Add sausage, breaking up while stirring occasionally.  Add spices, sauce, paste and wine, stir until well combined.  Add bay leaf, cover and simmer on low for one hour, stirring occasionally.
Cook pasta. Remove bay leaf and add parsley.  To serve, combine cooked pasta with a portion of the sauce, then top each serving with remaining sauce and Parmesan.

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