Sunday dinner. Sometimes I feel like it’s a lost a tradition. Between work, school, conflicting schedules, and a million other things that come up in a house full of children it feels like we’re always on the go during the weekend, trying to squeeze in family outings and play dates and maybe just one extra hour of sleep. But Sunday dinner is a tradition I’m going to keep as often as I can. Sunday dinner is no taco night, no plates full of leftovers here. Sunday dinner is a family endeavor. It’s kids making salad or rolling dough or measuring out cups of rice. It’s sauce made from scratch, pasta dough rolled out on the kitchen counter and pork slow roasted until you can barely stand the mouthwatering smell that fills the house. It’s a dinner that pulls us together from start to finish, one that’s never rushed and always enjoyed huddled around a too crowded dining room table with family and friends. In the end it’s never really the food that matters. It’s the stories shared while preparing it, the laughter and memories made around that table. It’s about family and friends and staying connected to each other. I wouldn’t miss these moments for the world, and I hope my kids realize the value in them as they grow older so that they can continue the tradition themselves.
This recipe is a Sunday dinner staple for us. In truth, it doesn’t take long to make, which is great for last minute get togethers. If we have time we make pasta from scratch, because it’s easier than it sounds and the kids have a lot of fun helping us.
2 lbs sweet Italian sausage
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans crushed tomatoes
1 Tbs Fresh Basil, chopped
2 lbs pasta
Remove the sausage from it’s casing and brown in a large pan over medium heat.
Chop onion and garlic. Once sausage is browned, remove to a bowl and cook the onion and garlic until soft.
Add the sausage back into the pan, along with the two cans of crushed tomatoes. Allow to simmer 30 minutes. (In my house crushed tomatoes means only one thing, and that’s Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes, I’m not sure why but they are just about the only brand I like!)
In the meantime boil water and cook your pasta.
Once the pasta has boiled toss with some extra virgin olive oil to keep it from sticking.
When the sauce is done remove it from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon chopped basil. Our favorite way to have this is over pasta with plenty of grated cheese, fresh bread and a huge salad on the side!
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