Thursday, August 11, 2011

Spicy Spanish Sausage Ragu

So glad you dropped by today.  Come take a rest on my Red Couch.  On a return from a family camping trip, I made Spicy Spanish Sausage Ragu which is a soothing and soulful dish -- it pulls together easy and makes for a memorable delectible meal 

This was the sweetest campground ever!  I love the red rock ledge that protected us from the sun.  The campground had flush toilets, a damned creek to swim in and a congenial campground host. 

I  based the ragu on some chicken chipotle-jalapeno sausage that I had in the freezer.  For any of my Utah readers, I purchased this from Sunflower Markets.  I can't describe to you how soothing and soul filling this was after eating camp food for a few days.  As my family would love to tell you, I am not a great camping cook, so this tasted especially good after days of camping food.

Recipe for Spicy Spanish Sausage Ragu

1 large red onion, diced
1 large red pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds sausage
1 can petite diced tomatoes (28-ounce), undrained 
2 pounds uncooked sausage
1/3 cup cilantro
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

In dutch oven add onion, pepper, garlic, and olive oil and saute until onion and pepper are soft.  Add sausage, tomatoes, cilantro, and freshly ground pepper.  As sausage cooks, cut into medium-sized pieces.  Cook ragu until sausage is done.

Red Couch Notes:  I did not add any salt, as the sausage I used contained salt.  If you cannot find a seasoned sausage, you will need to add a little jalapeno and chipotle pepper. 

Talley, 10 Years Old, Foot in the Damned Creek

One more view of our stupendous camp site.

It was wonderful having you here!


Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

What a simple, yet delectable recipe! My family would love this. Love your vacation photos...I grew up camping, but hubby now thinks of roughing it as a Motel 6 :)

Mary said...

I'm not a very good camper~ I love the scenery though, I just want to sleep in my bed :-) Your Ragu sounds very satisfying, whether you've been camping or not!

Lynn said...

Dinner sounds great Joni and it looks like you all had a great time camping:@)

No and Jen said...

I agree with Mary, I'm not a great camper either.. but the Ragu recipe looks great and easy.. just my cup of tea.
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Sue said...

What a fun camping trip in a beautiful setting! Welcome home, Joni!

Clements Family said...

That sounds great...and simple too! Yum!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a pretty and cozy camp site and wonderful meal to come home to. My husband loves spicy sausages so I'm sure he'd love this.

Jacqueline said...

Yummm! You guys sure have had a lot of fun this summer and good food too!

Debbie said...

I don't know if I would be a good camp cook or not. I've never tried! Since I'm mediocre at best with a full kitchen, I highly doubt I would do well in more primitive places. Of course, at least if camping I would have an excuse.


And the ragu looks delish. I thought at first you were cooking rabbit. Good grief, Debbie.

The Charm of Home said...

Hi Joni!
I know you have been over to see me and I had to come over and see what you have been doing. What adventures you have been having! That mud was something else. The roosters are funny pecking around your garden. We got a chicken yard load of dirt one year and it was the most amazing garden we ever had. I love your watermelon table and the watermelon sherbet look delicious! Thanks for coming by. I enjoyed your visit!

Health Insurance said...

wow yummy food ! that's good look and fantastic sharing

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, yum! Now that looks satisfying and delicious! That is one gorgeous camping site! Looks like a very memorable time together and lots of fun... including some muddy fun :)