Add garlic and onion and cook until the onion is translucent (more clear than white).
Add peppers and broccoli and sauté for a few minutes.
Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices. When mixture is bubbling, reduce heat to simmer and cover. Simmer for at least 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer it simmers, the better it tastes.
Serving size: ¾ c.
Nutritional analysis (per serving):
6 g protein
6 g fat
29 g carbohydrate
6 g fiber
0 mg cholesterol
253 mg sodium
90 mg calcium
3.5 mg iron
Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.
If you want to add the sausage, boil the meat in a large pot for about 5 minutes until the fat collects on top of the water. Drain the water. Pour the fat into a container to throw away later, after the fat has hardened (pouring it down the drain can cause plumbing or sewer problems). Set sausage aside in a bowl or dish. Complete Steps 1 through 3. Slice and add the sausage before you cover the pan in Step 4.
Try substituting chicken or turkey sausage — lots of taste with less fat.
Experiment with other veggies — eggplant, squash, or zucchini are all delicious additions.
Be daring with spices. The amounts and spices listed here are only recommendations.
Be sure to freeze any leftover sauce — it actually tastes even better after it's been frozen!