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Sauskalto Sauce

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Sauskalto Sauce?  What is this thing you speak of?  Saus(age)Kal(e)To(mato)!  It’s me being silly in the kitchen.  I noticed I had a package of four cheese Italian Sausage, a bunch of Kale (how’d that get in my fridge?), and a hankering for pasta one day and decided why not?  So after ransacking my pantry and spice cabinet I had a little fun throwing a little of this… and that… into the pot and coming up with a sauce that has me happy I took the time to write down what I was doing (unlike 99.9% of the time).

I hope you try this sauce, and also find some time to just play in the kitchen… Especially when you find ingredients waiting for a little inspiration to hit!

Ingredients
1 bunch of Kale (Washed, deveined, and chopped)
1 package of Four Cheese (or any kind you like) Italian Sausage
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
2 Tbs Butter
Olive Oil
3 cloves of Garlic (minced)
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Basil
3 balls of Allspice
2 Tbs Sugar
1 28 oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
1 lb box of Pasta of your choice (or home made!)
(Optional for Serving)
Parmesan Cheese
Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:
1. Slice your Sausage into bite sized rounds or crumble.  Then cook over medium heat with Kale until browned and Kale wilted.  Remove from pan, set aside, and drain fat.
2.  With a little drizzle of olive oil over medium heat, cook Garlic until it just begins to color.
3.  Add Sausage & Kale back to your pot along with ALL ingredients except Pasta.  Bring up to a boil, then drop your heat and allow to simmer on low for 1/2 hour.
4.  After the 1/2 hour is up begin on your pasta.  Follow the boxes directions for al dente.
5. Once your pasta reaches al dente, take a ladle of your pasta water and add it to your simmering sauce, stir, then scoop your pasta (with a pasta fork/slotted spoon) and put it into the sauce.
6.  Give our pasta a stir to coat all, then let it cook for a minute or two more (up to five) so that it soaks up some of the sauce.  (You’re going to want to take a bite of it here and there, to test the pasta’s doneness, you don’t want it to get mushy.)
7.  Serve with some a dusting of parmesan cheese, or if you like it spicy some red pepper flakes.  Enjoy!

-Jenny

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