pasta sauce with sweet italian turkey sausage
recipe adapted via allrecipes
1.5 lbs sweet italian turkey sausage
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large can peeled whole tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce, no salt added
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp brown sugar
cooked pasta (i use 1/2 box whole wheat spaghetti & 1/2 box barilla plus spaghetti)
heat large skillet over medium-high heat. (if turkey sausage is in casings, remove casings) cook sausage until no longer pink. remove from pan and drain fat. set aside.
add olive oil to the same skillet over medium-high heat. cook until soft and then add the garlic, continuing to cook until fragrant. add the turkey back to the pan and then add the salt, pepper, basil and oregano.
cook for another minute or two and then add the tomato's (breaking them up with the back of a spoon), the tomato sauce, 1/4 cup of water (if you prefer a less-thickened sauce) and the brown sugar. stir to combine. add the bay leaf and then simmer for uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
mix sauce with pasta and serve topped with parmesan cheese.
yields 6 servings