The weather is cooling down, and it’s making me want pasta all the time. I also want pasta in the summer after I go swimming. Basically anytime I expend energy, I want PASTA! Pasta with sausage is even better.
It can be difficult to get your veggies with pasta. Problem solved with this sausage and spinach creamy pasta dish.
This is such a quick and easy recipe. It takes 30 minutes total, which means that it’s perfect for those hectic weeknights. This is also an inexpensive recipe totaling at $1.48 per serving. Perfection! This is one of those times when I have to rub it in to myself that it really is cheaper to eat in.
Thanks to Beth at Budget Bytes for this awesome recipe!
- 6 oz. smoked sausage $1.50
- 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
- 1 medium onion $0.32
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes w/chiles $0.99
- 2 cups chicken broth $0.30
- 8 oz. pasta $0.50
- 3 cups fresh spinach $0.87
- 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded monterrey jack $1.17
- 1 whole green onion $0.10
- Thinly slice the smoked sausage and add it to a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Saute the sausage over medium heat until it is nicely browned (about 5-7 minutes). Drain off the excess fat.
- Dice the onion and add it to the skillet. Continue to saute until the onion has softened (about 5 minutes). Add the can of diced tomatoes with chiles and the chicken broth. Stir to combine and dissolve any browned bits off of the bottom of the skillet.
- Add the uncooked pasta to the skillet and make sure it is all submerged under the liquid. Place a lid on the skillet and allow the mixture to come up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for about ten minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Stir once or twice while the pasta cooks to keep it from sticking.
- Stir in the fresh spinach, one cup at a time, until wilted. If you add it all at once, the skillet will be too full to stir. Keep the heat on while adding the spinach, so the liquid will continue to simmer and thicken.
- Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top, replace the lid, and let it sit for a few minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Slice the green onions and sprinkle them over top. Serve hot!
Check out the original source for this recipe with step-by-step photographs and helpful tips as well as many other delicious recipes at: Budget Bytes.