Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Italian Sausage and Sauce-Not quick, but very easy

I made this Sunday night for dinner, and it was a hit. I served it with rotini, but I think that it would make delicious Italian sausage sandwiches also. I really wanted to add a fresh red bell pepper to this, but, as you know, Jim doesn't like them.

1 package sweet or mild Italian sausage
1 large onion, sliced
(1 large red bell pepper, sliced)
4 garlic gloves, chopped
1/3 (or so) bottle red wine
1 large can whole Italian tomatoes (I like the Cento brand)
1/2 - 1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried oregano
salt & pepper to taste

Brown the sausages. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Saute until onion is translucent. Add red wine. Chop or crush tomatoes and add. Add rosemary and oregano. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook,stirring occasionally with lid slightly ajar until the sauce has thickened and reduced--1-1 1/2 hours.
For Crockpot:
Brown the sausages. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Saute until onion is translucent. Add red wine. Chop or crush tomatoes and add. Add rosemary and oregano. Bring to a boil and pour all in crock pot.  Cook on high 3-3 1/2 hours or on low 6-8 hours.  Check the sauce halfway through. If it has not thickened much, leave it partially covered for a while.

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