Pomodoro sauce and Italian sausage

Last night I was making a special meal for my husband and I since our boys were away. He loves Italian sausage so I wanted to do something with that but slightly different from our standard ways of fixing it. So I researched and found a simple pomodoro sauce, basically a fresh sauce using plum tomatoes. It’s chunky and has simple flavors. I also decided to make the tortellini I put together and froze the other night. These are the American version of tortellini because in Italy, tortellini is more like ravioli. The tortellini turned out great!

Pomodoro sauce

1 1/2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes (You could substitued canned plum tomatoes for the fresh using a 28 ounce can.)

2 cloves of minced garlic

1/2 large onion, chopped

2 teaspoons dried basil

olive oil

Score an X in the bottoms of each tomato. Bring a pot of water to boil and add in the tomatoes. After about 2 minutes or so, removed the tomatoes and peel off the skins, they will be hot. Then slice in half and squeeze out the seeds. Chop the tomatoes and set aside. Saute the onion and garlic for a few minutes some olive oil, about 2-3 Tablespoons. I used a heavy bottom frying pan. Add in the tomatoes and allow the sauce to reduce a bit. It should be chunky. Add in the basil and let warm a few more minutes.

At that point, I added in the sausages that were parboiled for 10 minutes then sliced into 1/2 inch slices. I let the flavor mesh for a few minutes then it was ready to serve. I used the boiling water from the tomatoes to make the tortellini. When the pasta floats to the top, it is done. We added some Pecorino Romano cheese to the top and enjoyed the simple flavors.  A glass of white or red wine could be added in the sauce and reduced near the end if you like. I forgot that step, maybe because I was sipping on a glass of wine!

I also made braised artichokes. Here is a link to learn how to clean and prepared fresh artichokes at Italian Food Forever. Click on the link to the blog once there. You’ll find an entry for the directions. I did not use her recipe for braising but it was similar. I will say that they were not as hard as I thought they would be to prepared and cook.

5 thoughts on “Pomodoro sauce and Italian sausage

  1. Sounds delicious! It almost sounds like the beginnings of my “Grandma Walton” ;) marinara. My husband loves Italian sausage too, so I’ll have to try this recipe out on him. (I’m sure he’ll love it!)

    Hope you’ve enjoyed your holidays so far!

  2. We had a great Christmas, busy but fun. Lots of food that was delicious. But the best was seeing all my kids and grandbabies together. We all shared a dish of lasagna and that was fun.

  3. Ok so I’m still going through all of your posts and making my menus for my husband. :) He’s Italian also (our families are both from Liguria) and loves real Italian food, none of that stuff Olive Garden calls “Italian.” I’m going to make this for him this weekend. I will be adding the wine to the sauce! :) I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  4. Michelle
    I saw where the last post here was in 2010 but I am hoping that your site is still up and you might be able to help me.

    I have been looking for a recipe for a Pomodoro sauce that taste like the sauce that Mcaronie Grill uses for their Spicy Italian Sausage with Pomodoro Sauce. Your recipe has come about as close as I have been able to find and I am hoping that you might be able to tell me if you think that your recipe might be the same as the one that Macronie Grill uses.

    Thanks foray help that you can give me.


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