Monday, August 17, 2009

Gnocchi with Italian "SAUSAGE" & Tomatoes From Pasta & Garlic Low Fat recipes that work

Gnocchi with Italian "SAUSAGE" & Tomatoes From Pasta & Garlic Low Fat recipes that work
This sauce is typical of a traditional sausage and tomato sauce WITHOUT THE SAUSAGE AND THE FAT! Usually made by removing the casings from Italian sausages, and then crumbling and cooking the sausage meat, this sauce differs in that it allows YOU to CONTROL the ingredients of the "sausage". (After all sausage is nothing more than ground meat blended with various spices and fillers.) By processing your own chicken meat with a few herbs you can easily REPLICATE the FLAVOR of Italian sausage WITHOUT THE FAT!
1 pound gnocchi ( Italina Potato Dumplings) Available at The Garlic Shoppe for less than $4
or pasta of your choice 3/4 pound dried and 1 pound fresh
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3/4 pound boneless skiless chicken breast pieces
2 tablespoons basil
1 tablespoon granulated garlic Hint Mama Raps Granulated Garlic
2 teaspoons fennel seed
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Advance Preparation 15 minutes
Chop onion. Process chicken, basil, granulated garlic, fennel seed, and pepper flakes in a food processor fitted with a steel blade until chicken is thoroughly blended with seasonings.
Ingredients may be prepared up to 8 hours in advance if refrigerated.
Final Preparation 45 minutes
1 . Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add onions and cook, stirrings occasionally, until onions are golden brown but still limp.
2. Add ground chicken mixture to browned onions. Increase heat to medium and cook for 7 to 8 minutes,stirring frequently to break the ground chicken into small chunks.
3. Add tomatoes(juice and all) , salt and tomato paste. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 20 minutes, stirring occassionally. Time permitting, make this sauce several hours in advance to allow the flavors to develop even more.
4 Cook gnocchi in boiling salted water until they float. If using pasta insteakd of gnocchi, cook in plenty of rapidly boiling water until al dente. Drain and place in a large serving bowl. Pour over the sauce, toss thoroughly and serve immediately.

Nutrition Data
Calories 341
Calories from fat 15.2%
Total Fat 5.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Sodium 597 mg
Carbohydrates 50g
Dietary Fiber 6.4g
Protein 24 g

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