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When you’re a father of three girls and both parents work, you are looking for easy complete meals that do not take much time to complete. Such is when we decide to have spaghetti for dinner. We usually have the ingredients on standby just to make sure if we need something quick, we pull out the ingredients, thaw out the sausage, start a pot of noodles and begin cooking.

Ingredients:

1 lb Sage Sausage

16oz box or package pasta (your choice – I love Rotini)

24oz spaghetti sauce (your choice)

1 loaf French Bread

Butter

Oregano

Garlic Salt

  1. Start boiling water for your noodles. If I need to write a tutorial on how to boil water or cook noodles, the rest of this will be too advanced for you.

     

  2. Spaghetti Sauce – On medium heat, brown the sausage in a cast iron skillet. It does not need to be cast iron; however, a well-seasoned iron skillet adds additional flavor to the sauce and makes your red sauces pop. Brown the sausage splitting it up in smaller bite size pieces. Once the sausage has been browned, drain the fat from the skillet or adsorb fat in a paper towel. Once all the fat has been removed, reduce the heat to low, pour your choice of spaghetti sauce into the skillet, cover and allow to rise to a slow boil. Stir off and on to prevent the sauce from burning or getting too hot, if this is the case you may need to lower the heat to a simmer.

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  3. Meanwhile, at this time, your water for your noodles should be boiling. Add pasta noodles to the boiling water and allow them to cook thoroughly to taste. I feel that the pasta is done when I can pull a noodle out of the boiling water and it sticks to the cabinet I throw it at. Yes… that works.

     

  4. In the final stages of the cooking of the spaghetti portion of the meal, turn the broiler on in your oven. This is where you will cook some of the most delicious garlic bread imaginable. First thing you want to do with the bread is to cut the loaf in half. Place each half of the bread crust side down on a baking sheet. Thoroughly butter each half of the bread and sprinkle (to taste) with garlic salt and oregano (or other Italian spice mix).

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  5. ***IMPORTANT*** Place the bread in the oven once the broiler has preheated… keep an eye on the bread. Once the edges of the loaf start to turn brown, remove the bread. This process is quick. If you forget, the bread will burn and burn rather quickly.

     

  6. Drain noodles, place sauce (and optional butter) on noodles, serve with a side of bread.

     

Simple, easy, quick, and delicious!! This seems like a simple recipe; however, I wanted to make sure everyone knew that 1) we do not eat extravagantly every night and 2) fall back staples are very important to have in the wheel house in a busy household.

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