Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Jeanne's Special Pasta With Sausage and Spinach
This recipe is something my friend Jeanne whipped up for dinner one night when I went for a visit. It is an easy dish and so yummy! I have tried my best to copy the recipe, but I may have changed a few things. Anyhow, my husband, daughter and I LOVED it. My son was a little fussier. He kept picking out some of the spinach, saying he was not eating the "lettuce'". I used my line about Popeye and he did take a few apprehensive bites. So, the jury is still out on whether or not he will eat spinach again, but we shall see. Also, I apologize for the blurry picture. I had to use my iPhone to take the picture since my camera was on the fritz.
Jeanne's Special Pasta With Sausage and Spinach (serves 4)
8 oz (1/2 box) of pasta, such as orechiette or fusilli (I actually did a mix of the two)
14 oz of crushed tomatoes with basil (Use enough to coat pasta and sausage to your liking)
3 large sweet Italian sausage (half the pack)
3 large hot Italian sausage (half the pack)
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 small white onion or half of a large onion, diced
1 bag of pre-washed baby spinach ( I used about half to 3/4 of the bag), shredded by hand
2-3 TBSP of olive oil, to coat saute pan
Boil water for pasta. Add sausage to heated pan and cook fully. In a saute pan, add shredded baby spinach,garlic and onion. Carefully stir the veggies in the saute pan until garlic and onions are nicely browned and spinach is cooked. Remove from heat and add to large serving bowl. Strain cooked pasta and add to veggies. Mix thoroughly. When sausage is fully cooked, removed from pan and cut into bite sized pieces. Add to veggie/pasta combination and mix. Finally, add crushed tomatoes to pasta mix. Stir completely and enjoy.