A Warming Pasta

by jerseygirl on January 27, 2009 · 35 comments

It has been so cold here and tonight we are expecting some snow and sleet. Lately, I have been craving the typical winter comfort foods of soup, stew and pasta. But who says comfort foods can’t be healthy? In this pasta dish, I use turkey sausage, tomatoes, spinach and chicken broth to make a nice sauce. I also always make whole wheat pasta. This pasta is the flax seed kind purchased from Trader Joes. The best thing is that you can have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.

Penne with Turkey Sausage and Spinach

16 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
1 TBS olive oil
1 lb hot Italian turkey sausage links, cut in bite size pieces
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 medium tomato, chopped
10 oz package frozen spinach, defrosted
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth

2 TBS chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for serving

Boil pasta in a large pot of water according to package directions. Drain and keep warm. In the meantime, heat olive oil on medium high heat and cook sausage for about 5 to 7 minutes or until no longer pink. Add garlic, tomatoes and spinach. Cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Cook for a few minutes or until sauce is thickened. Add basil and toss the mixture with the pasta. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and serve tossed with Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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