Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sausage and Spinach Penne Skillet Supper

Sausage and Spinach Penne Skillet Supper
From: My Kitchen Cafe

1 Tbs. olive oil
1 lb. Italian-style turkey sausage, casings removed (I couldn’t find turkey sausage so I substituted mild Italian pork sausage)
3 cloves garlic, minced finely
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, rinsed and finely chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
12 oz. (about 3 1/2 cups) penne pasta
1 (6-oz.) bag baby spinach
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot and add the sausage. Cook until lightly browned and no longer pink about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Stir in the water, broth, sun-dried tomatoes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the pasta. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook at a strong simmer, stirring often, until the pasta is tender and the liquid has thickened, about 15-18 minutes. If you find the liquid is absorbing too quickly and the pasta is still undercooked, add a bit more water in small amounts until the pasta is cooked thoroughly.

Stir in the spinach, a handful at a time, and cook until wilted. Off the heat, stir in the cheese and pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

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