A gracious and good natured cab driver picked me up at 4:30 am from outside our condo in Sarasota – as prearranged – and dropped me off at the airport in plenty of time to catch my flight home.
I arrived back early in the morning – suffering from a little travelers disconcertment – the kids were all at school and my husband had left town for a conference – so I grounded myself with ordinary, mundane tasks that didn’t require much thought – unloading the dishwasher, laundry, and making dinner. I chose a simple and quick recipe for the kids and I to enjoy on my first night home.
1 tablespoon olive oil
19 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (24-ounce) jar tomato and basil pasta sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
cooked pasta and grated parmesan cheese to serve
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage, onion, bell pepper and garlic, and cook, stirring and breaking up the sausage, until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Stir in pasta sauce and season with salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high. Reduce heat to low, simmer for 15 minutes. Stir chopped basil into meat sauce.
Serve sauce over cooked pasta, garnish with parmesan cheese.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living, February 2017