Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Smoked Sausage and Bacon Marinara

Ready for a tasty twist to the old spaghetti and meatballs...this is it!  It definitely may not be quite as good for you as regular marinara, but every now and again, change is a good thing!  I never would have thought to put bacon in marinara, but it works!  This recipe comes from Mindika Moments.

½ lb. bacon; diced
1 pkg. smoked sausage; sliced
½ large white onion; minced
3 cloves garlic; minced
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 15 oz. can Italian diced tomatoes
1 T. dried basil (or ½ C. fresh basil; chopped)
1 t. oregano
1 T. balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the bacon. When the bacon is about half way cooked, add the smoked sausage, onion and garlic. Cook until the bacon is cooked fully and the smoked sausage is browned.
Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, vinegar and salt & pepper. Stir to combine.

Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer, cover and allow to cook for about 15-30 minutes so all the flavors come together.

Serve over pasta or rice.

Serves 4 to 6.

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