Italian Sausage with Tomato Basil Sauce
2 Italian Sausage
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)
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.