Easy Fixins

The hubby and I eat at home most nights, and believe me not every night’s dinner is a big production.   Sometimes it’s a matter of looking in the pantry and refrigerator, seeing what’s there and making something of it. 

pasta sauceSo it was with this pasta sauce which turned out to be very flavorful and part of a most satisfying meal.  Best of all, it was a quick fix which is always a good thing when it comes to spending time in the kitchen.

Sausage/Tomato Pasta Sauce

1 lb. sausage cut into 1″ pieces*

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

1 onion finely chopped

3 cloves minced garlic

1 T. olive oil

1 T. Italian seasoning or any aromatic spice

salt and pepper to taste

1 c. fresh or frozen green peas

1/2 c. vodka (optional) 

1/2 c. cream (optional)

*Any of the delicious Italian or packaged turkey/chicken sausages will work for this dish.

Saute sausage, onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is softened and sausage is lightly browned.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings, salt and pepper.  Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.  Add peas and cook an additonal 5 minutes.  If desired, add vodka and cream at this point.  

Serve over your favorite pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Accompany with a crisp green salad and crusty Italian bread, and there you have easy fixins!

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17 thoughts on “Easy Fixins

  1. now I know what mine is still missing Vodka and Cream! 🙂

    Loved these posts as always missed my blog roll 🙂

    Shoveled and shoveled and shoveled some more we got close to 30 inches more where it drifted in this huge piece of open land I must plant more trees!

  2. Hi Lulu,
    What a awesome dish, we will just love this, it looks like pure comfort to me. Hope you have a fabulous week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I love that you just created something from what you had, and it sounds delicious! I love Vodka cream sauce on pasta, but have never tried to make it, so I will use your recipe as a guide, what a great idea for a chilly night, thanks! Jenna

  4. Hubs came home from the grocery store with sausage this week, and I was trying to come up with something to do with it. This looks perfect! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday,

  5. Chef Emeril uses garlic and onion in dishes but Chef Mario says use one or the other as flavors combat each other. I use garlic and rarely onion because I think garlic flavors but onion over powers natural taste of food. Sugar/garlic veggies are a delight for me.

  6. One of my very favorite dishes!!…looks wonderful!

  7. This sounds just delish, Lulu! I bet it is much less expensive than store bought as well. Nice to have those ingredients on hand.


    1. You know what’s funny? Sometimes the easiest things taste the best.

  8. adding vodka and cream sounds delicious! 🙂 I definitely will try this recipe this week.
    Thanks, Lulu. Heard about the snow storm, stay warm.

    1. I am actually in Houston not experiencing all the snow. I’m getting lots of pictures though and it’s unbelievable.

  9. harborhillcamden@gmail.com February 8, 2013 — 4:24 pm

    I like the vodka part. The recipe is so easy even I can do it!!! Blizzard tonight. 4-6 inches of snow this AM. Trying to stay warm. Love to you both my valentine.


    Sent from my iPhone

    1. Stay inside. Hope you have lots of vodka on hand to weather the storm!

  10. This sounds very delicious. I make something similar, using chorizo and a bay leaf. The vodka really intrigues me, so I think I need to throw some in next time I make my sausage sauce!

    1. Hey, if you can add wine to tomato sauce, why not vodka?

  11. Hi, I just came from Foodtastic Friday. I love this recipe, it so easy and it definitely sound delicious with all the great flavors from the sausage and spices. I’m a new follower, and I’m pinning, and stumbling also.

    Hope you have a chance to stop by.
    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

  12. I’m going to try this with shrimp instead of the Italian sausage and see what happens. I recall eating something called Shrimp in Vodka Cream Sauce about 10 years ago and loving it. Haven’t had it since. This sounds like what was in it. Thanks, Linda!

    1. Shrimp would definitely work.

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