Cher – Diva Pasta Sauce

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It was so much fun to hear Cher talk about cooking and making a pasta sauce with Sonny. In addition to using ground chicken, she mentioned Italian flavored chicken sausage, hot and mild. Try this recipe. I think you’ll like it.


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tbs green pepper minced
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 C. water
  • 1 lb favorite pasta cooked according to instructions on package



Heat oil in sauce pot over medium high heat.

Add onion and green pepper and cook until it starts to soften. Add garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook 1 minute.

Add ground chicken and move it around a bit until it is broken up and no pink color remains. Mix in basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and tomato paste.

This is where I used scissors to cut up whole tomatoes in can (or after you pour them in pan). Add rough cut tomatoes and crushed tomatoes to pot, along with remaining salt and pepper. Add water. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

During last 1/2 hour, slide the lid to the side a little to allow some vapor to escape. This will help thicken the sauce. And don’t forget to give it a stir every 15 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, as sauce cooks, place a lb. of Italian chicken sausage, hot and/or mild, in 325 degree oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Cut into pieces and put in sauce pot while sauce cooks.

When sauce is done, garnish with your favorite grated cheese and serve over pasta.



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