I arrived home late from work today and decided to prepare our favorite quick and easy spaghetti recipe. This is not your traditional spaghetti with meat sauce recipe because I did not use beef.
For health reasons my wife prefers not to eat beef often.
So since we love meat in our spaghetti we needed an alternative.
Instead of using beef in my house we often prepare our spaghetti with sausage.
We like to use a mild Italian sausage this is grounded and cooks just like beef, but in my opinion spaghetti prepared with sausage is more flavorful and taste much better.
There is just something about the meat from a pig that adds so much flavor to foods that I love. What about you?
Okay you might recognize the brand of mild Italian sausage the we use at home. If you guested Johnsonville you are right. This is one of the most popular brand where I live so this is what I'm used to eating so that's what I use. You may prefer another local brand and if so it is totally okay to use a different brand. The only requirement is for you to use a brand of sausage that you enjoy eating. Although I use a mild version, if you like eat hot go with it.
Here using a wooden spoon I crumble up the ground sausage in one of my favorite skillets. As you can tell this is a skillet that I cook in often. I try to spread the meat out over the entire bottom surface of the skillet. This aids in cooking.
I set the stove top temperature to medium-high heat. Then cook and stir the ground sausage until the meat is thoroughly browned to your liking.
Once the sausage is browned I pour in the 32 ounces of tomato pasta sauce. In case you're wondering which brand I used, it's Classico Tomato and Basil sauce. This is my personal preference and a local brand that is readily available in the area I live. You can use whatever tomato sauce you desire. Continuing to heat the sauce on medium-high heat I add in the honey to taste. The recipe calls for two ounces of honey but you can use more or less depending on your taste. I then turn the sausage spaghetti sauce down to low and let it simmer while I prepare the Angel Hair pasta.
According to the package instructions, I bring water to boil and then add the Angel Hair pasta. I continue to boil the pasta for 7 minutes until tender.
I transfer the boiled pasta to my blue strainer. Once the pasta drains I transfer the pasta straight to the serving plate and top with my sausage spaghetti sauce.
That's all there is to preparing our quick and easy spaghetti recipe. Although we use sausage in our Italian spaghetti recipe, you can easily substitute in beef and get similar results. This recipe feed my family of three, leaving enough leftovers for two lunches.