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Sausage and Spinach Penne

Posted on: October 20, 2011

I made a delicious new recipe for the first time tonight.  I found the original recipe on the FoodNetwork website, from the show Ricardo and Friends and was testing it out prior to serving at a dinner party later this month.  The original recipe featured arugula but since I couldn’t find any, I substituted fresh spinach and I reduced the amount of tomatoes slightly (serves 4).

375 grams penne
3/4 pound spicy Italian sausage meat (about 4 sausages)
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 plum tomatoes, diced
1 cup red wine
2 cups baby spinach (or baby arugula)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the penne to al dente.  Drain water and toss pasta lightly with olive oil, set aside.

Brown sausage with garlic and hot pepper flakes in a large skillet (the one I choose was too small once I had added all the ingredients at the end so go big).  Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring frequently until the juices have evaporated.  Add the wine and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes.

Add pasta and cheese and heat thoroughly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add spinach or arugula and toss lightly just before serving.

The entire meal came together in exactly 30 minutes, making it a good one for when you’re in a time crunch!

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1 Response to "Sausage and Spinach Penne"

Sounds good, Stacey!

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