Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Angel Hair and Sausage with Spinach

Tonight's dinner is also inspired by using the ingredients I have on hand. So out came the sausage from the freezer, the 1/2 box of frozen spinach, pasta and some canned tomato products in the pantry. This was a very simple, but hearty meal that was also pretty quick to make. And cleanup was easy too, only 2 pots. Oh, and one baking sheet lined with foil so no cleanup there!

Angel Hair and Sausage Pasta
1lb. angel hair cooked according to package directions

1 lb. mild Italian sausage (I used my favorite brand: Rinaldi's) Baked in a 350 oven for 25 minutes or until fully cooked. Sliced on a bias when cooled.
For the sauce:
1-2 Tbs. extra virgin oil
1 small onion diced
1/2 green pepper diced
3 garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
2 tsp. red pepper flakes (or less if you don't want too much heat)
1/4 cup red wine
2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. fresh pepper
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 box frozen spinach
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 14oz. can No Salt diced tomatoes
1 6oz. can tomato paste
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
2-3 Tbs. half and half

Add oil to a large sauce pot over med. heat. Saute onions, pepper and bay leaf until onions are soft and translucent. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, parsley, oregano, basil, and saute for a few minutes more. Add wine and cook for 3-5 minutes more. Add the rest of the ingredients except the spinach and half and half. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes until reduced by 1/4-1/2. Add spinach and stir until completely broken up about 3 minutes. Take pot off the heat and add half and half. Pour sauce over pasta, add sausage and serve.


Beth G. @SweetLifeKitchen said...

YAY! That looks great- Congrats on 100 wonderful posts and many more to come!! PS I wish it would snow in LA that looks fun :O)

Anonymous said...

I seriously LOVe the combo of sausage ans spinach. And with pasta sauce -- you have a winning combo! This looks so good!

Jaime said...

this looks great! i love sausage...mmmmm!