OPP: My Version of One Pot Pasta

Hello! Here is my slightly modified version of One Pot Pasta for you guys.  Or as I like to call it OPP (Who’s down with OPP?). Now I have the Naughty By Nature Song stuck in your head. Didn’t I? 

I digress. I tried this on Tuesday, and it was an epic Fail.  I added a can of tomato sauce in addition to the chicken broth,  It caused the noodles to get mushy.
On Wednesday, I decided to give this another go. This time, I followed the directions I found at Apron Stings. I made a few modifications.  First I used fresh tomatoes from my garden instead of canned tomatoes.  I used dry minced onions because I don’t eat onions. I also used Ditaloni Rigati pasta instead of Linguine. Lastly, I pressed the garlic instead of slicing it.
First I browned the Italian sausage.  While the sausage was browning, I chopped up the tomatoes and basil, and pressed the garlic.
Once the sausage was browned, I put that aside in a bowl, so I could cook the mushrooms and garlic.  Once those were cooked, I added the meat, tomatoes, basil, Ditaloni Rigati, chicken broth and other spices.
I brought everything to a boil, stirring every few minutes.  (I forgot to do this last time and things got stuck together).  I let everything cook until the sauce got thick.
Finito, with some shaved Parmesan, and Lakefront Brewery’s Pumpkin Lager.
Let me know if you have tired this.  What variations have you tried.  What works for you? What didn’t?

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