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Recipe of the week: Penne with Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes & Spinach

This is a delicious dish that is super easy to make and only takes about 30 minutes.  This dish can also be easy made into a vegetarian meal by simply omitting the chicken sausage.  Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz whole-wheat penne pasta
  • olive oil spray
  • 3 3-oz all-natural, fully cooked low-fat chicken sausages, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 pinches fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 7 oz baby spinach
  • 1 oz low-sodium Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

  • Cook penne to al dente according to package directions.  Drain and return to pot.
  • While penne is cooking, heat a large skillet on medium-high and coat with cooking spray.  Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and heated through.  Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  • Add oil to skillet and heat on medium-high.  Add onion and season with salt and black pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, about 8 minutes.  Add garlic, red pepper and tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.  Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer, until slightly reduces, 1-2 minutes.  Add half of spinach, stirring until beginning to wilt. Stir in remaining spinach and simmer until tender and most of liquid has evaporated, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Combine pasta, tomato mixture, and sausage, stirring well to combine and cook on low until heated through.  Top with Parmesan and serve.
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4 comments on “Recipe of the week: Penne with Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes & Spinach

  1. […] This is a delicious dish that is super easy to make and only takes about 30 minutes.  This dish can also be easy made into a vegetarian meal by simply omitting the chicken sausage.  Serves 4. Ingre…  […]

  2. Looks wonderful!!

  3. […] week: Penne with Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes & Spinach Posted by myrealfoodfamily on November 26, 2012 in Lunch/dinner, […]

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