|Turkey Italian Sausage browned and them simmered in the slow cooker in low-sugar marinara sauce. What could be easier?|
It's Friday but I don't have any photos to share this week of those naughty things I may or may not have eaten, so instead I'm giving you a recipe for something I make all the time to eat for lunch at school. Speaking of Easy South Beach Recipes, it just doesn't get much easier than this. I use turkey Italian Sausage with less fat to make this more South Beach Diet friendly, and although I often use my own marinara sauce, this time I used Muir Glen Tomato Basil Sauce, which is organic and low in sugar. Use any brand of sauce you like, but do check the sugar if you're eating the lower glycemic index South Beach Diet way.
After I browned my sausage in a bit of olive oil, I decided to simmer them in a small Crockpot, since I wasn't going to be home for a few hours.
I poured the pasta sauce over and let the sausage simmer on low for about three hours while I was out running errands. What could be easier?
Italian Sausage with Tomato Sauce
(Makes 5 servings, but double it if you want because this freezes very well)
1 pkg. (5 links) Turkey Italian Sausage (either hot or mild, but I prefer hot)
2-3 tsp. olive oil for browning sausage
1 jar (25.5 oz.) low sugar Pasta Sauce (use your favorite tomato-based sauce variety that is low in sugar, try to get under 5 grams sugar per serving)
Heat olive oil in large frying pan, add sausage, and brown very well on all sides. This takes longer than you might think; don't rush this step. When sausage is brown, either pour pasta sauce over sausage, lower heat and simmer about one hour, or put sausage in Crockpot, pour sauce over and let simmer on low for 3-4 hours while you're doing something else.
South Beach Suggestions:
One of these sausages with Mary's Perfect Salad and some Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan would make a simple and delicious phase one dinner. For phase two or three, you could add some Dreamfields pasta to go under the sauce that will be deliciously flavored from the sausage.