Monday, March 9, 2020

Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage and Spinach Skillet Meal

Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage and Spinach Skillet Meal
Recipe serves 4 and is an Ever Ready Special
  • 1 lb. ground Italian sausage
  • 1-1/2 TB. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup diced sweet onions
  • 3/4 cup diced mini sweet red and yellow peppers
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 2 cups penne pasta (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp. each rosemary, thyme, parsley flakes  and basil 
  • 1 can (14.5) petite diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and onion
  • 3/4-1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups baby spinach torn leaves, stems removed (1/2 of a 5 oz. bag) 
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • Optional 1/4 cup dry red wine e.g. Cabernet, pinot noir
  • In a large skillet at least 4 inches deep or a large pot heat olive oil. Add sausage, peppers, garlic and onions. Cook until meat is no longer pink and peppers and onions are soft.
  • Crumble sausage in pan. Remove meat mixture and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Wipe pan free of grease. Add to the pan water, broth, dried penne, spices and canned tomatoes.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Stir once midway through cooking.
  • Uncover and turn off heat. Add in cream,wine if using, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, meat mixture, cheddar cheese  and torn spinach leaves. Cook on a low heat uncovered 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
  • Sprinkle on rest of Parmesan cheese right before serving.
Catching Up
Sunday-Create a care package for a friend or neighbor who is recovering from a hospital stay. 
Monday-Offer to walk or dog sit for a neighbor or friend's dog.

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