Just about every special occasion growing up, when I had the choice of what dinner was….it was always spaghetti. My mom made it the best and everyone else’s was crap. I knew this in my heart to be true. Even still, this is one of my favorite things to eat. There’s nothing better than the way it makes your house smell and the way you feel Italian, even though you’re super white in the weird, East Texas kind of way.
This is my twist on my old time favorite. For this recipe, I bought Italian Turkey Sausage. It really is so good and you cannot tell the difference. Usually, I’d even dress up the Turkey flavor to hide it more…this totally doesn’t need it.
Classic Spaghetti with Turkey Sausage
2 Pounds Italian Turkey Sausage
1 Medium White Onion, diced
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
Fresh Basil, chopped
2 Cans Marzano Style Whole, Peeled Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 Cups Red Wine
This recipe makes enough for 6-8 people.
Start by combining your herbs, seasonings, onion and garlic in a stew pot with about 2 tablespoons Olive Oil. Over medium heat, stir often until they are good and activated and the onion is translucent.
While that is going, begin browning your turkey in a separate skillet. Break it up into small pieces so it’s ready to party. Once it is done, drain off any fat and add to your stew pot on top of the onion/garlic mixture.
Pour in your tomatoes, paste and red wine and give it a good stir. Let it simmer on medium-low heat for about 30-45 minutes to let all the flavors mesh and activate together. After a while, the tomatoes will break up really easily. You’ll want to do that so every plate doesn’t have its own whole tomato.
Serve over some noodles and pretend you’re at the Olive Garden.