My friend Stacey was nicknamed Sissy by her little nephew. I think it is the best nickname, so from now on, she's Sissy. She told me about a new recipe she had made and I thought it sounded delicious. Sausage, tomatoes, spinach, and pasta. What's not to like?
Here's my version of her pasta recipe~
Sissy's Sausage Pasta
- 1 pound Penne Pasta (or other short noodle)
- 1/2 pound Sweet Italian Sausage
- 1/2 large Onion, chopped
- 4-6 Garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups Spinach, frozen
- 1 jar Tomato Paste (8 oz)
- 1/4 cup Sundried Tomatoes, chopped
- Parmesan Cheese
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt generously. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to the package instructions. Before draining the pasta, use a temperature resistant measuring cup to reserve 1-2 cups of the pasta water to add to the meat mixture. When the pasta is done, drain and put pasta in a large serving bowl.
While the pasta is cooking, remove the casings from the sausage and brown in a large sauté pan over medium heat. When the sausage has browned, turn off the heat and use a paper towel to remove most of the fat from the pan. Turn the heat back on to medium and add the chopped onion. Sauté for 5 minutes and add the garlic. When the garlic begins to smell (about 30 seconds), add the tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes, and frozen spinach.
Add 1 cup of the pasta water to the meat mixture. When all ingredients are heated, pour the mixture into the bowl of pasta and stir. Add more water if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Top each serving with parmesan cheese and enjoy!
(This is what happens when Anthony is tasked with photographing my creations. Iron Man apparently likes pasta!)