Friday, December 3, 2010

Hearty Sausage and Spinach Pasta

The colder it gets around here, the more I want some filling to put in my tummy… But sometimes I just don’t have a lot of time to do some of my favorites. So the search was on for me to find a recipe that would take under 30 minutes to make, and still leave me full. This pasta is just that a filling, warm dish that takes 20 minutes, and only uses two pans/pots. Perfect for those busy week nights, when you don’t feel like cooking or cleaning.
Linguini- 1 package
Roasted Red peppers- 1 ¼ cup (sliced) Save 2 tbsp of the juices
Parmesan Cheese- ¼ cup (grated)
Parmesan Cheese- ¼ cup (shaved)
Italian Sausage- 10 ounces (spicy or mild) feel free to use Turkey sausage
Garlic- 1 tbsp (minced)
Salt & Pepper- to taste
Baby Spinach- 4 ounces
Olive Oil- 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Pine nuts- 2 tbsp (toasted)
Crushed Red Pepper- 1 tsp (optional)
Method to the Madness
1)      Cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid. Toss the pasta with some Olive oil and Salt & pepper and set aside.
2)      Break the sausage into bits sized pieces. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat cook sausage until cooked through, toss in the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the peppers and 2 tbsp of the juices. Reduce by half.
Add the pasta and pasta liquid and toss, cooking for 30-40 seconds. Add the spinach and Parmesan mix well, season with salt & pepper. Plate and garnish with shaved Parmesan and pine nuts.
4)      ENJOY!!


  1. Pine nuts and Parmesan...mmm the pasta does look heartwarming and delicious!

  2. Looks good!!! Nothing beats a pasta dish to fill the tummy!

  3. This looks awesome! Was it as good as it looks?

  4. It was!! I love one and two pan dishes.

  5. This was delicious and easy! Big hit for the whole family!