I’ve been making this One Dish Sausage, Spinach, Fresh Tomato Pasta for my family for years. It’s sort of a brothy pasta that’s satisfying. You can substitute a different pasta and use vegetables that you have on hand (like mushrooms, peas, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, onions, etc).
Normally, I “wing” this recipe but since our son wanted the recipe, this was a good time to record it for you, too. It’s so easy that after you make it a couple of times, you won’t need the recipe as it will be in your head!
Sausage Spinach Fresh Tomato Pasta
- 1 lb uncooked chicken sausage links I used Trader Joes Sicilian, but you could use Sweet Italian or other sausage
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 shallot minced
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms, any kind I used crimini
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped or cherry or Roma tomatoes
- 3-4 cups fresh spinach
- 3/4 lb penne pasta or other hearty pasta, cooked according to package
- 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese or grated
Boil water to cook pasta while preparing the other ingredients.
Remove sausage from casings and brown in pan with one tbs. olive oil. When completely brown remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
Add one tbs. olive oil to the pan and sautee chopped shallot and mushrooms until brown.
Return sausage to the pan, pour in chicken broth. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add tomatoes, cooking for one minute. Add cooked pasta. Add fresh spinach cooking very briefly, just to wilt.
Serve immediately including some of the broth, topped with a generous sprinkling of the shaved parmesan cheese.
And that’s how you make Sausage Spinach Fresh Tomato Pasta! If you wanted to make it vegetarian you could use white beans instead of the sausage and vegetable stock instead of chicken.
My friend, Debbie sent this to me. I hope you find it uplifting, too.
Words of Wisdom from Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney was a popular radio and television writer. He was most notable for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney,” a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011. His final regular appearance on 60 Minutes aired Oct. 2, 2011. He died one month later, on Nov. 4, 2011, at the age of 92.
I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I’ve learned…. That when you’re in love, it shows.
I’ve learned…. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.
I’ve learned…. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I’ve learned…. That being kind is more important than being right.
I’ve learned…. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I’ve learned…. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.
I’ve learned…. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I’ve learned…. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I’ve learned…. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I’ve learned…. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
I’ve learned…. That money doesn’t buy class.
I’ve learned…. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned…. That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned…. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I ‘ve learned…. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I’ve learned…. That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I’ve learned…. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I’ve learned…. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I’ve learned…. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I’ve learned… That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
I’ve learned…. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I’ve learned…. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I’ve learned…. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I’ve learned…. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I’ve learned…. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I’ve learned…. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned…. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned…. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
Wishing you Good Health!
PS. Did you check out 5 Tips For Arranging Art? Something to do while staying in!