Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Italian Sausage in Tomato Spinach Sauce with Pasta
Love that Italian sausage and this time I wanted it cooked inside instead of on the grill. Good thing that it was made last night because today they are predicting the heat index to be around 105! So it will definitely be back to the grill tonight.
I didn’t grow up eating a lot of pasta; just the usual macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs and occasionally lasagna. There is such a wide variety of pasta now, it’s amazing and I like them all.
We definitely never had Italian sausage back then when living on the farm in
and having our own pork sausage made. That is a whole other story from years ago. My grandfather had a great recipe for making pork sausage and it was a wonderful thing; nothing like the store bought. Bill would wholeheartedly agree! Ohio
This Italian sausage with pasta is cooked in a tomato sauce with a spinach addition. We destroyed this quickly and liked every single bite of it!
Italian Sausage with Tomato and Spinach Pasta
½ pound rigatoni
1 pound hot Italian sausage links
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 large can tomato sauce
½ teaspoon each, dried oregano and basil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ pound baby spinach, chopped
¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Cook rigatoni per package directions, drain well and set aside.
Cut sausage into bite-sized pieces.
Heat olive oil in skillet, add sausage and sauté.
Remove sausage when cooked.
Add garlic, sauté.
Place tomato sauce in skillet.
Add oregano, basil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
Bring to a simmer.
Add spinach; cooking until wilted.
Add sausage and rigatoni to mixture.
Serve with parmesan cheese.