Friday, December 01, 2006

Slow Cooker Turkey Italian Sausage with Tomato Sauce

Turkey Italian Sausage with Tomato Sauce
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)


Ingredients:
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)

Instructions:
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.
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17 comments:

Mae said...

Kalyn, the first photo looks deliciously incredible! We eat plenty of sausages so this really caught my eyes.

These would be great sliced up and eaten with penne pasta...

Anonymous said...

Kalyn-
This has nothing to do with today's yummy post, but I just wanted to thank you. Last night I made a big pot of what our family calls goulash (ground beef, onions, garlic, stewed tomatoes, some italian seasoning, pasta and corn). Not goulash at all, but I think every family has some version of this. Any how I used the Dreamfield's pasta for the first time because of your suggestions and we loved it. As you know, we are not South Beachers, but we try to eat healthy. Soon I will have copious amounts of baby weight to lose so I wanted to thank you for all of your wonderful and healthy recipes.
Happy Holidays-
Brady

wheresmymind said...

mmm..be great with some onions and peppers ;)

Bruno said...

This looks great!

Lydia said...

Yet another great reason to buy that crock pot I've been thinking about....

drbiggles said...

Hey ya know, that reminds me of a recipe my uncle received from a neighbor years ago. I think it would fit in with these diets ya'll are talking about too.

Saute slices or hunks of zucchini, hot quick, no completely cook. Add tomato sauce, plain or otherwise. Add crumbled bacon and simmer until done. Serve.

Thanks for the memories!

Kalyn said...

How fun to get so many nice comments on such a simple recipe. Sometimes simple food is the best. I like everyone's ideas for variations too.

Brady, glad tohear you liked the Dreamfields pasta, and good luck with the new baby that's coming.

coffeepot said...

Hey Kalyn,
I just had some turkey italian sausage tonight before I read this.

I do like it lower fat and with great taste too.

I have been away too long already and missing all those great ideas of yours.

sher said...

Oh boy, come to mama!!! Easy AND delicious. That's perfect!

Meeta said...

Kalyn, wow! We love sausages here and living in Germany we get so many different varieties. This is an amazing, simple and delicious sounding recipe. I do not have a crockpot but I assume I can do it in the oven at a low temp - right?

Kalyn said...

Coffeepot, I think I actually prefer the turkey Italian Sausage to the pork ones! Welcome back.

Sher, they are one of my absolute staples.

Meeta, in the oven on low would be fine, or even simmer on the stove on low for an hour or so.

white_poplar said...

Kalyn,

I have never been a fan of sausage, but your pic looks inviting. :)

Lizzy said...

Thank you for this recipe! We had it the other night and it was super delish!

krisnjeffrey said...

I have this recipe bookmarked! I changed it up one day. I browned the sausage with olive and onion. Once they were brown, I poured a small jar of Pace pecante sauce over them and let them simmer slowly for about an hour. My husband LOVED it. I used mild sausage and medium pecante sauce (he's not much of a spicy person). But it turned out perfect.

Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

Kalyn said...

That does sound good with the picante sauce! Glad you are enjoying the recipes.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to drop you a line. I'm new to south beach. I love to cook and your collection of recipes and beautiful pictures are keeping me cooking, healthy and happy. Thanks for everything!

Kalyn said...

Glad to hear you are enjoying the recipes. Thanks for letting me know.

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