Obviously, I'm no Italian grandma, so while I love the sauce that we've devised at our house, it's not very traditional. The biggest difference is that the base flavor everything is built around is Basque chorizo. (Not to be confused with Mexican chorizo.) Wife pretty much built this recipe, and it's by far my favorite way to eat spaghetti, although a robust vegetarian spaghetti with mushrooms and zucchini is pretty good, too.
In a large saucepan, cook 4-6 Basque chorizo (one package) over medium heat. I like to get a good char all over. When they are done, remove them to a plate to rest.
There should be a decent amount of oil from the chorizo in the bottom of your pan. Be sure to leave it there, as we want that flavor to infuse the vegetables. Add to the pan half an onion, diced, a diced red bell pepper, three minced garlic cloves, and a teaspoon each of salt and crushed red pepper. Sautee five minutes or until the onions and peppers are soft and just beginning to caramelize. Between the oils from the bell pepper and the seasonings from the sausage, the onions will be slightly orange-red--infusion achieved!
Once everything has caramelized, add a can of diced tomatoes (as always, Catfish's Dishes advocates using the "no salt added" variety,) a cup of tomato sauce, and a cup of chicken broth. The chicken broth was another one of Wife's ideas, and it really helps this sauce to shine. Bring to a boil.
While the sauce is warming up on the stove top, slice the chorizo into 1/4 inch slices. When the sauce has reached a boil, add the sausage (and any juice that has leaked out onto the cutting board) back to the pan along with one cup of sliced black olives and a bay leaf and simmer for ten minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve with freshly grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese over your favorite type of noodle--or spaghetti squash, if you want to make this meal even better. Makes 6-8 dinner servings.
|A decent char.|
|These still need to caramelize.|
|The chicken broth and chorizo drippings really make this special.|