Sunday, April 27, 2008

Creamy Sausage Pasta

This easy pasta dish is one of my go to week night dinners that has evolved over time. It is always a hit with the husband and the kids.

Cream sauce and sausage may not be so healthy, but I think the addition of the spinach totally makes up for it. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

Creamy Sausage Pasta
adapted from The Humble House Wife

1 pound of campanelle pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
8 ounces of mushrooms, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups baby spinach, rough chopped
3/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup light cream

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute for about 2 minutes. Add the sausage and saute for another 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, red pepper, salt and pepper. Saute for about 15 minutes, until sausage is well browned and the vegetables are very tender. Add the spinach and garlic, then saute for another minute.

Add the white wine and deglaze the pan, scraping any brown bits from the bottom. Allow to reduce for about 5 minutes. Add the cream and heat though.

Mix in the cooked pasta and serve hot.

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