Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Chef Bratty Girl's Sausage and Pepper Ravioli

Way back in 2003 my friends rallied together on short noticed to move me out of a dumpy little apartment that was going downhill fast in the 2 months I lived there. To says thanks to one friend (Mr. Richard St. George) for this and many other super heroic acts over the course of our friendship, I cooked him this meal.  Chef Bratty Girl was his nickname for me way back before I was Mom vs Food.

Mom and St.George circa 2005
1 lb sweet or hot Italian sausage links, cut into 1" chunks
3-4 garlic gloves
2 large bell peppers (any color)
1 large onion 
1 large can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
crushed red pepper  (a couple shakes, depending on how spicy you like your food)
1 lb frozen cheese ravioli

Cook ravioli according to package directions. Drain well.


In a large skillet, brown sausage chunks on medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic, rough chopped. Add peppers, cut into thin strips. Once veggies have softened, add the tomato sauce and seasonings. Simmer 15-20 minutes.
Serve sausage and peppers over the ravioli, topped with grated Parmesan.

WHY IS THIS GOOD FOR YOU?
* Bell papers are full of vitamin C and A, antioxidants and lycopene
* Onions and garlic are believed to be good for fighting off colds and germs
* Tomatoes  have lots of vitamins and minerals plus they are an excellent source of lycopene and beta carotene

If you like this recipe, you may also like:
Sausage and Pepper Egg Bake
Spinach and Pumpkin Ziti
Sausage Soup
Kielbasa and Pepper Skillet

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