Rustic Pasta

August 11, 2006

Rustic Pasta

Lyn Hart, TCSA

If fresh tomatoes aren’t in season, use a can of fire roasted tomatoes.
Yes, the amount of garlic called for is correct! If you do not like this much garlic, consider crushing only half of the cloves & throwing the others whole (skins removed) into the pot so you can take them out before serving.
My favorite way to crush garlic is using a mortar & pestle with some sea salt.
This recipe will serve ~2 people, with a little bit leftover (depending on your appetite!)

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
7 to 10 cloves garlic, crushed (if the cloves are huge, use half this amount)
½ onion, coarsely chopped
¾ pound ground turkey breast or thighs (if you are vegan, substitute portabella mushrooms—your choice to degill or not!)
1 pound fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1-2 tablespoons dried Mexican oregano or ½ cup fresh oregano, chopped
1-2 whole bay leaves
pasta – your choice as to amount & type (spaghetti, linguine, spirals, & penne all work well)

optional ingredients:
1-2 tablespoon tomato paste
artichoke hearts
turkey or spicy soy sausage
mushrooms— buttons, cremini, or portabella
olives—green or kalamata

Heat olive oil in pan. Add garlic & onions; sauté until onions begin to soften. Add turkey (and/or turkey sausage, soy sausage) & oregano & sauté until turkey is cooked through. Add more olive oil if necessary. While it is cooking, keep working on breaking meat up into small pieces with stirring utensil. If you are making the vegan version, add the mushrooms & sauté gently until they soften just a little. Add tomatoes & any other optional ingredients you choose, along with bay leaves, & stir it all gently together. If the mixture seems a little dry, add a little water, but don’t turn it into soup! Bring to a simmer, cover, & cook at least 30 minutes. Just before you are ready to serve it, prepare pasta. Top pasta with sauce, salt & pepper to taste, & serve. A sprinkle of grated Asiago, Romano, or Paremesan is great on it, along with warm, crusty bread. Leftovers freeze well.

One Response to “Rustic Pasta”

  1. judi Says:

    Where can I buy this spicy soy sausage? What brand do you buy?

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