Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sausage and Spinach Rigatoni

Here's a simple pasta recipe that's really yummy! It has spinach in it, which is really good for you, but mixed together with the sausage, pasta, and parmesan cheese, the healthy taste is masked with goodness.

Here's what you need:
Smoked Italian Turkey Sausage
-1 box whole wheat rigatoni (or your personal preference) pasta
-1-2 cloves minced garlic (or use 1 tsp of the pre-minced jar, it's a lot easier!)
-2 tsp olive oil
-1/2 c low sodium chicken broth
-1/2-1 bag of fresh spinach (10oz)-varies depending on how much spinach your crew likes
-Shredded Parmesan cheese (not the grated powder stuff)

What to do:
1. Cook pasta according to directions on box. Save 1/2 c pasta water for the end, drain the rest.
2. Cut up sausage into small bites. Cook about 7 minutes.
3. Add in garlic and olive oil, cook about 30 seconds, then add chicken broth.
4. Add spinach into pan, cover. Cook until spinach is wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
5. Pour sausage mixture and the pasta water that you set aside in step 1 into the pasta. Mix together well.
6. Add as much parmesan cheese as you like. I personally like it pretty cheesy, so usually use about 1/2 the bag. It's up to you!
7. Mix together well to melt the cheese. Serve warm with salad and bread.

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