Creamy Pasta with Sausage and Spinach

Hi! Sorry for the late post, guys…I just made it back to the Cape!

I knew today had to be a pasta post day now that I’ve started the weekly series, so I spent the better part of the car ride home thinking about what I wanted to make. First, I imagined an elaborate pasta with roasted parsnips and pieces of crispy bacon. Then I thought about a buttery onion sauce with pasta ribbons. By the time I made it to the store, though, I was tired and had a car headache and I grabbed what I knew would work together: spicy sausage, fresh spinach, garlic, and cream. Bam.

This recipe is loosely inspired by Deb’s baked pasta with broccoli rabe — there’s no baking involved in my version, but the flavor profile is similar: dark greens, bits of fatty sausage, garlicky cream, and cheese. It took a little over 15 minutes to throw together, and about 12 seconds to consume. If you can, get the tasty sausage made daily at your nearest butcher shop or grocery store, and a good quality short pasta. Because there are so few ingredients, it really is worth the few extra bucks.

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Creamy Pasta with Sausage and Spinach 

Serves 1, but can be easily doubled

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large italian sausage, casing removed (spicy or sweet, up to you!)
1 garlic clove, chopped
large handful spinach (~2 cups, packed)
1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half
pepper & salt to taste
freshly grated parmesan
1/4 pound (or a large handful, eyeballed) short pasta of your choice

Set a pot of generously salted water on to boil. In a skillet over medium high heat, sauté the sausage, breaking it up as it cooks and develops some color. When it’s fully cooked, add the garlic, and stir for ~30 seconds, turning down the heat so it doesn’t burn. Pour in the heavy cream, then add the spinach. Continue to stir as the spinach wilts (it will happen fairly quickly). Taste and season, then turn off the heat until the pasta is ready. Quickly drain the pasta when it’s al dente, then pour it directly into the skillet. Add a grating of cheese, turn the heat up slightly and stir it all together until the sauce starts to adhere to the pasta. Serve and eat!

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