Monday, April 4, 2011

Tuscan Chicken Sausage Pasta

While walking through Costco the other day, I sampled some Chicken Sausage. Yum. I couldn't resist buying the 3 lb package. When I got home I thought to myself: What on earth am I going to do with all this sausage! So far I have come up with the Spinach and Sausage Soup. Tonight we had this pasta dish, which thankfully all of the kids really loved.

Took about 30 minutes to prepare and cook

1 12- 16 oz. package pasta (penne, rigatoni, farfalle, etc..)
2 tsp olive oil for pan
1 lb. chicken sausage (The kind I found at costco was pre-cooked if you purchase raw, remove from casing) Cut into bite sized pieces.
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 14oz. can chickenbroth
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 14oz can diced tomatoes (or 1 to 1 1/2 cup fresh)
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped (optional)
1 tsp dried basil or 3 tsp. fresh basil
3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta, cook according to directions
2. in a large skillet, heat oil, sausage and onion. Cook through until no longer pink for raw, Or until heated through for pre-cooked and onions are translucent.
3. Add broth,garlic, basil and both types of tomatoes (leave juice with canned tomatoes)
4. Cover and cook for approximately 10 minutes.
5. Uncover, add cheese (you can save some for garnish) turn up heat to reduce liquids. Cook for 5-10 minutes
6. Add spinach. Cook for 3- 5 minutes.
7. Salt and pepper to taste- need salt for sure without the sundried tomatoes
Combine pasta and sausage mixture, top with cheese.

Serve immediately.

For a side, we had the salad here