Pasta Sauce to make you Hoppy! w/ Elk Sausage – (Fat Tug IPA – Driftwood Brewing)

Pasta Sauce to make you Hoppy! w/ Elk Sausage

My inspiration for this dish came from the blog The Ruling Glass although I have altered the recipe extensively.  If you remove the Elk Sausage (or any meat you like) then this dish is completely Vegan friendly.  I just happened to have elk sausage and I like meat.

This recipe will make a ton of sauce so be ready to have a group over or have freezer containers ready.

Ingredients list:
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1 Head of garlic pealed and diced
Olive Oil (preferably extra virgin)
2 Cans of diced tomato 24-28oz
2 small cans of tomato paste
1/2 a Zucchini
Mushrooms around a dozen
1 or 2 Onions (I used 1)
1/2 to 1 Green and Red Pepper
Optional 2 or more Elk Sausage (Or any other Meat)
Red Chilli Pepper Flakes
Salt
Pepper
650ml bottle of a double India Pale Ale (Fat Tug IPA – Driftwood Brewing) (half for food half for you!)

First step is to cut the Sausage up into small chunks
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Next chop up all the Vegetables to desired size.  Dice the garlic fairly small.
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Take a small frying pan and start frying the Sausage on Medium until fully browned.  Season with Salt Pepper and Chilli Flakes.  Then remove from heat.
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In a second larger frying pan start frying the Onions and Mushrooms on medium adding enough Olive Oil to coat bottle of pan.  Season with Salt, Pepper and Chilli Flakes.
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When you are happy the Onions and Mushrooms are sauteed add the Zucchini, Red Peppers and Green Peppers.  Saute these until they are fully cooked then remove from heat.
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Next get a Large Pot!  Add enough Olive Oil to coat the bottom of pan and heat at Medium.  Once hot add Garlic to pot and season with Salt, Pepper and Chilli Flakes.
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Fry the Garlic in the pot until it softens and browns up a bit.
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This is where it gets good!  Grab your 650ml bottle of Double IPA and pour half the bottle into the pot (The other half into a glass to drink).  Also add both cans of Tomato Paste.
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Stir the sauce until it is mixed well then add both cans of Tomatoes the Meat and all Vegetables and stir well.  Season more if you like.  I did!
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Leave temperature at Medium and let the sauce start to bubble.
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Once bubbling turn the sauce down to low and let simmer.  Simmer for 3 to 3.5 hours stirring often.  If the seasoning is still not right add more.
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The last step is to cook up your favorite style of pasta and enjoy!
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Between My Girlfriend, a Friend and I we all agreed this tasted awesome!  The Double IPA really adds an earthy and herbal flavour to the Pasta sauce with compliments the Vegetables and spices well.  I found the Elk Sausage at a Butcher Shop in the Vancouver East Village near Hastings and Nanaimo.  It is called Rio Friendly Meats.

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2 comments on “Pasta Sauce to make you Hoppy! w/ Elk Sausage – (Fat Tug IPA – Driftwood Brewing)

  1. beerscout says:

    Elk Sausage from Rio is a staple for me! I used to live right down the street, now I’m a ways away but still make the trek fairly regularly. Their lamb patties and bacon is also good, along with their pre-seasoned chicken breasts.

    This looks delicious – I will likely try your recipe out sometime soon.

    • I just found the place recently but I think my food and beer posts will have more meat from them in the future. Thanks for the recommendations on other meat to get also! Sounds really good!

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