30 June 2010

Sausage is My Friend

I meant to post this a lot sooner, especially since I made this last Saturday and it is now already Wednesday. I've got to be completely honest with you though, you know, cause we're friends. Being in the first trimester sucks. I mean really sucks. I'm either battling nausea or heartburn. I'm exhausted no matter how many hours of sleep I get. I pass out on the couch at 6 and wake up again at 11 just to turn right around and crash into my bed at midnight. I have to use the bathroom every couple of hours (but it feels like evry 30 minutes), and my back is starting to hurt really badly.

So when I made this meal, I had one thing on my mind: comfort. You'd think that that would mean potatoes and cheese, lots of cheese, and normally you'd be right. But apparently, Aloysius likes sausage. In case you were wondering, that's pronounced al-oo-WISH-us, and I'm calling the baby that until we know the gender since I hate calling him/her an it. Plus, I really like that name and would never be able to get away with naming any of my children that without someone saying that I'm a horrible parent for it (it'll happen anyway I'm sure so let's not instigate it).

Anyway, I made this up as I went along and got rave reviews from the hubby and his friend. It's just italian sausage, tomatoes, red pepper, garlic, onion, and spaghetti. It's pretty quick to make too. Just some chopping to get it prepped and cooking the sausage before everything else so you can slice it up. Next time, I'll serve it with penne instead as I'm not really digging spaghtti lately. Enjoy!

Sauage and Tomato Pasta
Recipe by me

5 spicy sausage links (I use the Johnsonville spicy italian)
10 oz cherry tomatoes (this is really just based on taste, you can use more or less depending on how much of a sauce you want)
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 cup beef broth (or you can use warm water)
1 lb dried spaghetti
  1. In a large pan, brown sausage on all sides, until cooked most of the way through. Remove from pan and allow to cool before slicing into small pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, get some salted water started so that it will begin to boil when you start cooking the vegetables.
  3. In the same pan that you cooked the sausage, add the onion and garlic. Cook until slightly translucent. Add tomatoes and red peppers. Cook until soft. Add the sausage back into the pan and the beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the tomatoes have broken down a little and begun to make a sauce (I smooshed mine with the back of my spoon).
  4. Drain the spaghetti when it's done cooking and add the sausage and vegetable mixture. Toss to completely mix and serve with some parmesan cheese on top.


Anonymim said...

Finally you made something! I was afraid that the Poopsmith was going to starve. I wish I liked ANYTHING you put in this dish. Looks scrumptious.

Sharon's Mum Anne said...

Who's calling Aloysius the Poopsmith? Sticks and stones may break the bones Aunty Mim.......
Poor you Katrina, never mind, it'll soon pass and it's very much worth it. Now you understand why men could never have babies!
I note the glass of orange juice - your drink of choice at the moment?

Sharon's Mum Anne said...

My last verification word was "surnapi" - rather apt in a few months' time!

Sunshine said...

Mim - Better watch out. Anne is coming to get you if you keep calling your niece or nephew the Poopsmith.

Anne - I know it'll be worth it. I just want 5 minutes of peace while I'm still able to get it, because once this baby comes, there will be no peace until I'm dead. And it's actually milk with ice in the picture, it's just very hard to tell. That night I drank 3 glasses which made me sick so I won't be doing that again.

Mimmerooski said...

Here I waited to post anything because I thought you were gonna come to my aid and explain where the whole 'Poopsmith' thing came into play... I see I have been left out in the cold and must explain it myself.

Anne, there's a website we used to go to aallllll the time at uni - - and there's a character on there called the Poopsmith. We always used to joke about getting her baby Poopsmith onesies, so I thought the name would be fitting.

Thanks for the help Sister. I hope the Poopsmith makes extra poop when it's born!

Sharon's Mum Anne said...

Thanks for the explanation Minxmim.
Beware what you wish for with Aloysius - wait until it's your turn!