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Sausage Pasta Sauce

 Sausage Pasta Sauce
Sweet peppers, onions and garlic give this red sauce its rich flavor, and a little cream gives it a smooth texture. Our toddlers love this recipe because the vegetables are "hidden" since they are pureed with the tomato sauce. -Michelle Krzmarzick Torrance, California
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cans (29 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian stewed tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer
  • pink; drain and set aside. In a Dutch oven, saute the onions,
  • peppers and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the tomato sauce,
  • tomatoes, brown sugar and seasonings.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a blender,

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Sausage Pasta Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • process tomato mixture in batches until smooth. Return to the pan.
  • Add sausage; heat through. Gradually stir in cream. Cook and stir
  • over low heat for 5 minutes. Drain pasta; top with sauce. Sprinkle
  • with cheese. Yield: 12 servings.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.