Friday, August 7, 2015

Creamy Spinach and Sausage Pasta

Happy Friday guys!

It's been a while since I've posted a new recipe, so I thought I would share this yummy healthy dish for you guys.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and fell in love with it! This dish is filled with so much flavor and very quick to make on a busy night.  It's a one skillet dish and cooks in about 30 minutes.  It's always in rotation in my home and my family loves it!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. organic chicken sausage or smoked sausage
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz whole wheat pasta
  • 1 cup (4 oz) shredded monterrey jack
  • 1 whole green onion
  • 3 cups of fresh spinach
Instructions
  1.  Thinly sliced the sausage and add it to a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Saute the sausage over medium heat until it is nicely browned ( about 5-7 minutes). Drain off excess fat.
  2. Dice the onion and add it to the skillet. Continue to saute until the onions has softened ( about 5 minutes).  Add the can of diced tomatoes and the chicken broth.  Stir to combine and dissolve any browned bits off of the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Add the uncooked pasta to the skillet and make sure it is all submerged under the liquid.  Place a lid on the skillet and allow the mixture to come up to a boil.  Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.  Stir once or twice while the pasta cooks to keep it from sticking.
  4. Stir in the fresh spinach, one cup at a time until wilted.  If you add it all at once, the skillet will be too full to stir.  Keep the heat on while adding the spinach, so the liquid will continue to simmer and thicken.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top, replace the lid, and let it sit for a few minutes, or until the cheese is melted.  Slice the green onions and sprinkle them over top. Serve hot! Enjoy!  
Recipe is also found on www.budgetbytes.com




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