Italian Sausage with Tomato Basil Sauce

Italian Sausage with Tomato Basil Sauce

For Two

2 Italian Sausage
Olive oil
1 to 2 cloves of Garlic
1 Can of Quality Italian Tomatoes
Fennel seed, hot red pepper, dried basil, salt and pepper to taste
Kalamata Olives (optional)
Fresh Basil
Farfalle or other favourite pasta shape.

Option:  Substitute Clams. Omit the fennel seed. Cook the sauce and then add the clams a minute or two before serving. 

Par boil sausage to firm up.  Remove sausage skin and slice into 1/2 inch slices.

Saute the sausage in olive oil until lightly brown.  Add minced garlic, canned tomatoes and dried seasonings.  Break up tomatoes with a fork. Add the olives if using.   Simmer while the water is coming to a boil and the pasta is cooked.   Just before serving toss in a handful of chopped fresh basil.