Have you made any New Year resolutions? I have… to share more desserts, to share more salads, to eat more butter, to eat more greens.
It’s all about balance here in 2017.
If you’re trying to eat more greens like I am, this is exactly the kind of recipe you want.
Don’t let the amount of butter startle you, it’s delicious. Own it!
Sausage and Spinach Pasta
- 1 (1 pound) box pasta
- 1 (12-16 ounce) package sausage, sliced
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, divided
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 12-16 ounces frozen spinach, slightly thawed
- 2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions: Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Saute the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until heated through and browned. Remove the sausage to a plate and set aside, return the skillet to the heat and add 4 tablespoons butter. Once the butter is melted add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the spinach to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the spinach is heated through. Turn off the heat and keep warm until you’re ready to add it to the pasta. Once the pasta is finished cooking drain it and return it to the pot. Stir in the spinach mixture and the grated Parmesan until it is thoroughly incorporated. Add the remaining butter and sausage. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve the pasta with a sprinkling of red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch.
Here are some alternative ideas if you want to amp the healthy choices in this meal:
* Use whole wheat pasta, always a good choice.
* Lessen the amount of butter used or use extra-virgin olive oil in place of butter.
* Use low fat turkey or chicken sausage instead of beef or pork.
Here is all you need for this super simple and delicious pasta dish. You’ve got to love simple and delicious.
Start by slicing the sausage and mincing the garlic.
I love the smell of garlic, it completes me.
I’d wear it as perfume if it wouldn’t offend anyone.
Slap some olive oil in a skillet and turn the heat to medium.
Slap the sausage into the skillet once it’s nice and hot.
Meanwhile bring a big ol’ pot of salted water to a boil and add your pasta. Any shape will be just fine.
When the sausage is nice and warm and nice and browned remove it to a plate and set aside. If your sausage was extra fatty drain most of the grease from the skillet.
And then add the butter! Four tablespoons will do ya for now.
Toss in the garlic…
Butter, garlic, my life is complete…
After a minute or so you should be surrounded by a most glorious aroma.
I may be a little obsessed with this whole garlic thing.
Add in the spinach and don’t worry if it’s still frozen. I left my spinach out just long enough that I could pour it out of the bag in frozen lumps. It will cook quickly.
The spinach is ready once its completely heated through, try to not to over cook it. The spinach should still be a bright green, it will also cook a little more once it is mixed in with the hot pasta.
Drain the cooked pasta and return it to the pot.
Stir in the spinach mixture…
Stir in the last of the butter and grated parmesan. Season the pasta generously with salt and pepper.
Lastly, stir in the sausage.
This is a delicious meal all on its own, but add a side salad and make this pot of pasta go even farther.
So very delicious, and garlicky, and buttery. Enjoy!
Serve it up in pretty bowls because pretty bowls make everything better.
Garlic does too.
I added a sprinkling of red pepper flakes to my serving but left it out of the big picture because my toddler might not have trusted me very much if I tried to sneak something spicy in his food.
Thankfully, Sam ate his entire bowl and I was one happy mama.
Good luck with all of your New Year resolutions!