This pasta is a tribute to Jimmy Dean, who was a country music star and TV variety show host before he began making sausage. Jimmy Dean was the guy who gave the Muppets their first break, with the addition of Rowlf to his variety show. From all accounts it appears that he was a good guy.
Jimmy’s pasta is super-simple. I got a GREAT sale on Jimmy Dean turkey breakfast sausages (48 good-sized sausages for $9). Okay, you know the drill. I popped a bunch of pasta (this time spaghetti, since that’s what was handy), and cooked it for about 5 minutes with nothing else in it, except some chopped onion I happened to have handy.
Jimmy Dean sausages are pre-cooked, so all you’re really doing is thawing them and making them plump and juicy. So, with 5 minutes left on the pasta, I popped a bunch of sausages into the pot and waited for it to get hot and boil again.
After that, I took the pot off the stove and strained out the water. I dumped the food back into the pot and mixed in some tomato sauce. Tomato sauce is already cooked, so you’re just heating this, too. I mixed it in thoroughly and served. My particular tomato sauce was specifically marketed as a pasta sauce, so I didn’t need to add anything. The chopped onion was really all I needed.
This is the finished product. Notice that I’m using one of those glass storage containers that I recommend buying. When I’ve had enough to eat, I snap on the lit and put it into the refrigerator for a day or two. Check out my post, Reheating in the Microwave to see the storage dishes I’m talking about.