Monday, February 9, 2009

Italian Sausage (alike) Spicy Spaghetti

OK, so one of my friends makes a kickin' italian sausage spaghetti sauce the problem is italian sausage houses a lot of sodium and fat that are not heart healthy. Then one of my internet buddies asked me to work on finding out how to make italian sausage. Sooo I decided to make my own version with all the flavors of italian sausage minus the salt and fat! This one's for you Marie! Enjoy...

1 med onion (finely chopped)
4 large garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning (salt-free)
2 8oz. no salt added tomato sauce
1 14.5oz no salt added diced tomato
1 tbs red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 lb whole grain spaghetti
Fresh parsley for garnish.

In a large pot cook spaghetti as directed in the package omitting the salt.

Drizzle olive oil in a medium saucepan and caramalize onions and garlic (in other words, sautee them until they are nice and golden to intensify their flavors)over medium heat

Once the onions and garlic are just about done, toss in the ground turkey to cook.

When the turkey is completely opaque, sprinkle all the spices onto the meat, mix and let it cook for 2 minutes.

Pour the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, worcestershire sauce and vinegar into the meat mixture and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occassionally.

Toss with the pasta for even coverage garnish with some fresh parsley and enjoy!

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