It's In the Sauce (Italian Sausage Red Sauce)

I have a long and semi-tortured relationship with pasta sauce. Or is it pasta gravy? I'm not sure. What I am sure of is that it's divine and always satisfying. Well, maybe not ALWAYS divine. Enter the tortured part. I have had more than a few disappointing pasta sauce events. Once was when I first started WW and made a turkey meatball / sauce ditty. It was an absolute disaster and I swear I would never make meatballs again. Luckily, I've made my peace with meatballs and have since had success. Another disaster occurred when Brandon wanted to make homemade sauce. I spent probably 4 hours blanching tomatoes, pealing tomatoes, dicing tomatoes, simmering sauce. After all of that, one would think I would have good results. Of course not. It was awful. Such a disappointment. I'll stick to jarred sauce, thank you. Say what you want to say about jarred sauce - I have no problem with it. Don't get me wrong. I would LOVE to spend half a day making my own sauce using fresh tomatoes from my garden and my grandmothers secret recipe. However, I can't grow a tomato to save my life and as far as I know, neither of my grandmothers have a secret sauce recipe.
I decided to give the 'ole sauce another try tonight (with a jarred sauce as it's base, no doubt.) It all started when I got the idea to make a Polenta dish. I don't really know what Polenta is but I know I wanted it. Well, of course, no Polenta could be found at the Greenwood Wal-Mart. Or maybe I wasn't looking in the right spot. Completely possible. Since I already had everything needed to make the sauce portion of the dish, I just decided to wing it. So very glad it worked, this is one of my new favorites!

Italian Sausage Red Sauce (or Pasta Gravy)

1 package (20 ounces) lean Italian turkey sausage (casings removed)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1 handful of fresh basil
2 tbl rosemary
1 jar (about 3 cups) light tomato sauce (i used Ragu no sugar added basil and tomato sauce)

Heat a large pot over medium high heat, spray liberally with olive oil cooking spray. Add sausage, onion, and garlic. Cook until done.

Add basil, rosemary, and sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, simmer for at least an hour.

Serving size 1/2 cup
WW points 3

Serve with whole wheat pasta sauce and a few shaves of parm (adjust points).


  1. love the new layout! also, is that an apron you made??? it is precious!!!

  2. Ummmm...I'm pretty sure you gave me that apron for Christmas one year? I wish I made it!

  3. i totally did give you that apron. now i'm embarrased.