Name: Al's Sausage Sauce
Comments: 12/15/2014 - Modified to become vegetarian and low-salt
12/1/2016 - I made this with sweet Italian sausage for a holiday party. I should have cooked the sausages first before trying to cut them. I revised the recipe to reflect this. I increased the amount of oregano to a tablespoon, but forgot the cayenne. This amount was combined with a 16-oz package of rotini, and the combination filled the Crock-pot.
9/2/2018 - I used four grilled hamburger patties as the meat, and added them with the tomatoes and spices. I omitted the cayenne pepper, but included the salt substitute. The resulting sauce was dense with meat and thin in tomatoes.
5/18/2020 - I used 2 smoked Andouille sausages (about 5 1/2 oz), 2 small onions, only 1/2 red bell pepper, and a 4-oz can of sliced black olives. Otherwise, I followed the recipe. I used 3 cups of uncooked rotini.
6/15/2020 - I had four chicken sausages and three cups of bowties, but I used bottled Classico Tomato & Basil pasta sauce. It tasted rather sweet. We did not quite finish the bowties.
1/14/2022 - I made roughly a half recipe to put on store-bought, frozen ravioli. I kept the full amount of spices.
10/1/2022 - I used 13-oz of Field Roast-brand Italian Garlic & Fennel plant-based sausage. I also used only one green pepper and omitted the cayenne. I added one carrot and one celery stalk. I poured half over 16-oz Cara Mamma-brand Basil potato gnocchi, and served with brussels sprouts, bread, and green salad. This will do us for two meals. I froze the remaining sauce for a future meal.
10/29/2022 - I used 10-oz Beyond Meatballs (12 of them), 1/2 of a 24-oz bottle of commercial tomato sauce, 8-oz can of tomato sauce, 16-oz potato gnocchi with basil and the other things in the recipe except I omitted the cayenne. I cooked the meatballs and gnocchi according to the directions on the package.
1/16/2023 - I forgot to add the spices! I did add a 6-oz can of tomato paste, which made the sauce thicker. I used two Field Roast Italian Garlic and Fennel sausages, and served it over 12-oz of Barrila cheese and spinach tortellini
Source: Trial and error
<! The original, non-vegetarian recipe follows: Ingredients: 2-3 hot Italian sausages (0.5 to 0.75 pounds total) 1 medium to large onion 1-2 green peppers 4 oz mushrooms 29 oz can tomato sauce 1 teaspoon oregano leaves 2 teaspoon basil leaves 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper a small amount of vegetable oil Instructions: Place sausages in skillet in 1/2 inch of boiling water. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Chop onion, green peppers, and mushrooms into small pieces. After the sausages are done, saute the cut vegetables in the oil. Slice the sausages into coin shaped pieces. Add sausage slices and spices to vegetables. Pour tomato sauce over all, mix, and simmer for 30 minutes or more. Serve in a bowl to be spooned over pasta (rotini or spaghetti). >
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