Wagon Wheels with Tomato-Ale Sauce
1 pound Wagon Wheels, Rotini or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
1/3 pound country-style turkey sausage, casing removed, broken into pieces
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, mashed
1 cup of ale or beer, flat
1 28-oz. can low-sodium tomato puree
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 small bay leaf
In a large saucepan, cook the sausage over medium heat. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and reserve. Add oil, onion and garlic to pan. Cook over medium heat until onions are translucent.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf and add the reserved sausage. Simmer until the sausage is heated through, approximately 5 minutes. Toss pasta with sauce and serve with French bread.