I am not a big fan of super saucy dishes unless it is curry. I feel that when things are over sauced it takes away from the real stars of the dish. The big players in this one are spicy sausage and chunky style sun dried tomatoes. The combination of these two offers a degree of savory-sweet (with a kick). It is my favorite flavor combo making this recipe a new favorite in my Rolodex. If you are into bold flavor and a meal that will feed your family for a few days than give this dish a try! This recipe was adapted from a beautiful recipe blog called Julia’s Album.
Time: 35 minutes
- 1 lb Italian Sausage (I went with spicy but refine to your own taste)
- 8.5 oz jar of sun dried tomatoes julienne cut in oil (reserve the oil you will use it to cook)
- a pinch (or more) of red pepper flakes. I tend to like things spicy and opted for upwards to three pinches. Tailor it to your taste
- 6 Roma tomatoes, chopped
- One bunch of fresh basil, chopped (I am aware that “one bunch” is incredibly vague so to clarify just buy a packaged bunch of fresh basil from your market’s produce section)
- 8 oz fresh spinach
- 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb angel hair pasta (or whatever pasta you prefer)
- In a large skillet heat the entire contents the sun dried tomato jar over low heat. Once heated up the temperature to medium and add the sausage and red pepper flakes. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink.
- Add Roma tomatoes, basil, spinach, garlic, and salt/pepper to taste. Toss this mixture gently to be sure that all veggies get coated with the tomato oil goodness. Continue to cook until the spinach begins to wilt. Then remove the skillet from heat and cover it.
- Cook your pasta per the packaging, drain and add it to your sausage and vegetable skillet. Mix it all together and plate.
- One extra and totally optional tip is to reserve some of the spinach (or buy extra) and add crisp spinach to the dish as you plate it. This adds color, nutrients and a wonderful crunch to the dish. I highly recommend.
- Serve and enjoy!
*Photo is an original belonging to me