Monday, October 26, 2009

Italian Sausage, Spinach, and Penne

Italian is satisfying any night of the week - there is something comforting about the plethora of Italian ingredients. Plus, it's usually pretty easy to come up with an original Italian-inspired meal with ingredients you mostly have on hand...

This delicious meal was the result of wanting to try a recipe, but not having all of the right ingredients on hand. Mix the flavors up to suit your own tastes.

Italian Sausage, Spinach, and Penne Pasta

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 lg onion, diced
  • Course salt (I always use Kosher salt, never "table salt")
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 links of Italian sausage (sweet or spicy, your preference!), casings removed
  • 1 T all-purpose flour
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes with basil
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 pkg. frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed free of excess water
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes (reduce heat if they brown too quickly).

Add garlic and sausage to pan. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned (about 5 mins). Add flour and cook for 30 seconds.

Add tomatoes and break up with a spoon. Cook sauce until thickened slightly, 6-8 mins. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water for 4 minutes less than package instructions. Drain and return to pot.

Add spinach and tomato mixture to penne. Transfer to a 3-quart baking dish.

Top with mozzarella, then Parmesan. Bake until cheese has browned slightly and liquid is bubbling, about 15 minutes.



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