Farmer’s Market Pasta Sauce

This is the perfect fall day recipe. All the vegetables are found at your local farmer’s market or in your own garden! There’s nothing on Earth better than fresh. Fresh carrots especially, even though carrots have nothing to do with this recipe … but one of my favourite childhood memories is plucking carrots out of my mom’s garden, washing them off with the garden hose and nibbling them right down to the greens. SO good. Store bought carrots don’t even taste like carrots, they taste like nothing. Thankfully though, they still have the nutrients! I digress …

This easy-to-make pasta sauce has all the right ingredients for sweet and savory and you can adjust it to meet your spice needs. Do whatever you want to it!

INGREDIENTS
3 clove Garlic – Minced
4 tbsp Olive Oil
1.5 – 2 lbs Cherry Tomatoes
3 small Zucchini – Sliced
2 Artichokes **SEE NOTES
1 lb Chicken Sausage Meat **SEE NOTES
1 Lemon **SEE NOTES
Fresh Basil
4 tbsp Parmesan – Grated

METHOD
– Sautee garlic and whole tomatoes in 2 tbsp olive oil on low-medium heat.
– In separate skillet, sautee sausage meat in remaining 2 tbsp olive oil on medium-high heat.
– If using fresh artichokes squeeze juice of lemon into small bowl. Peel and core artichoke, quarter and put it in the lemon juice (acid bath) Leave in the bowl until you’re ready to sautee. If using jarred artichokes, use 8-10 pieces.
– When sausage is cooked, set aside and sautee zucchini and artichoke in the sausage oil.
– Set aside 8 sauteed tomatoes, puree the rest in a blender or food processor.
– In a large bowl, add sausage meat, artichokes and zucchini to the tomato puree. Add salt, pepper and any other spices to taste. I used marjoram.
– Serve over your favourite gluten free pasta, with parmesan and fresh basil and left over whole tomatoes.

NOTES
– Most sausage is wheat free but check the ingredients before you buy if you want to have a gluten free meal as some processed meat uses wheat products as filler.
– I used fresh artichokes the first time but I won’t do it again. They are a challenge to peel. They’re messy and for $3 an artichoke I’d rather spend $5 on a jar of them and get WAY more than one artichoke’s worth. Just a thought. Anyways, if you use jarred artichokes, look for the one with the least amount of calories and fat or maybe one jarred in water.
– If you don’t use fresh artichokes, you will not need a lemon, unless you want to put it in your sauce.
– I used 1lb of chicken sausages and just pulled the casing off. Cheaper this way and you can buy flavored sausages.

NUTRITIONAL INFO
Serves 4 – This does not include the pasta AND I couldn’t find chicken sausage in the recipe builder so I added turkey sausage instead. Chicken has a bit less fat so 19.5 isn’t 100% accurate. Less is good!
Weight Watchers points per serving – 6
Calories – 260.8
Fat – 16.8g
Fibre – 4.0g
Sodium – 325.3mg
Carbohydrates – 13.5g
Protein – 14.6g

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