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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pasta Supreme

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When I make pasta for me and the hubby, just like with pizza, we go supreme. All of the good stuff - peppers, onions, mushrooms, the absolute works, is what's good with us. However, this recipe isn't so much of a sauce, as it is a stew - filling, meaty, hearty and thick.  This is not some whimpy, watery sauce that goes over noodles. It's full of flavor, texture and is a rich savory sauce that's filling and warms the insides.

Pasta Supreme
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. hot Italian sausage
16-20 slices pepperoni
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 med. onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cut in bite sized pieces
1/2 red bell pepper, cut in bite sized pieces
1/2 yellow bell pepper cut in bite sized pieces  (optional)
1/2 orange bell pepper, cut in bite sized pieces  (optional)
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1 small package whole mushrooms, cut in quarters or halves
1 can favorite pasta sauce
1 lb. favorite pasta - we use angel hair or thin spaghetti
2 t. basil
1 t. thyme
1 t. oregano
1/2 t. marjoram
2 t. parsley
1 t. Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese
(Note- we tried this using tomato basil sausage and it turned out really well.)
Good served with salad and Italian cheesy bread.

Preparation -
In a large pot, brown ground meats over medium heat. When meat is almost cooked (5 min. or so) drain most of excess fat, leaving a few tablespoons. Add the garlic, onion and crushed red pepper and cook over med. heat about 5 min. Add the bell peppers and mushrooms. Let saute'  for 5-7 minutes until veggies are almost tender. Add pasta sauce, pepperoni and spices. Let simmer on low for as long as you want - 30 minutes - 3 hours.
About 15 minutes before eating, bring large pot of water to boil. Add pasta to boiling water. When water returns to full boil throw in a teaspoon or so of Kosher salt and about a tablespoon of olive oil. Stir pasta occasionally. Drain and toss with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a tablespoon of butter. Serves 6.
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