Monday, October 25, 2010

Pasta for All

Today is World Pasta Day, and we were asked if we wanted to join in the celebration by posting about pasta today. This was a task we were pretty happy to do because pasta is one of our favorite things to eat.

Not only is it one of the most versatile foods, but really can you make an easier dinner? Stir fry some vegetables in olive oil, add some toasted pine nuts, a little grated Parmesan cheese and you're good to go. Don't want vegetables? No problem. Switch them out for your favorite meat, add some crushed tomatoes, some basil, oregano, salt and pepper, and voila. Instant dinner.

The sauce here is something I whipped up for this post. I have to confess, I haven't made tomato sauce from scratch in, um, years. I used to do it regularly in the late summer when tomatoes were in abundance and then freeze it for the winter. It was so wonderful to pull fresh sauce out in the middle of winter. But that was BK (Before Kids).

Fast forward to now, AK. (I'm pretty sure you can figure that out). This sauce is inspired by bolognese sauce but is really pretty much whatever I felt like throwing in the pot. And it was mighty fine.

If you want to find out more about World Pasta Day, click here...and then go cook up some sauce to go with whatever pasta you like. Enjoy!

Red Sauce With Turkey Sausage

4-5 turkey sausages (or chicken or whatever you like), sliced
olive oil
red pepper flakes to taste
basil and oregano to taste
about 1/4 cup red wine
about 1/4 cup heavy cream
Parmesan cheese to taste


Saute the sausage until lightly browned. Add the crushed tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients except the cream. Simmer lightly, tasting to see what else you might want to add. Then lower the heat and add the cream shortly before serving.

While the sauce is simmering, cook up the pasta of your choice.



  1. Yum. I just took a pasta course in Tuscany. No time for fresh homemade pasta today, but will be hauling our pasta machine out tomorrow for Day-After-World-Pasta-Day.

  2. We're with you, Dr. J. The most pasta the better! And you took a pasta course in TUSCANY!!! We are officially extremely envious! Maybe you'd like to do a guest post on that or one of your pasta events? If so send us an email.