So I may not be a master chef, but I do like to cook from time to time! I'm guilty of spending countless hours on Pinterest looking for the yummiest desserts and the best dishes to make for my friends and I! One of the first ones I found on Pinterest and actually made was a creamy sausage and spinach pasta dish. I can't find the exact recipe anymore but I thought I'd share with you how I cook it. There's a few elements to the dish that can be changed based on preference, but here's how I do this dish! :)
So here's what you need to start out....
Pasta - here I'm just using rotini, I also like it with bow tie pasta, although your favorite kind of pasta works, too!
Smoke Sausage - I normally get Hilshire Farm sausage which I like a bit better than this one but either will do.
Cheese - I love the cheddar and monterey jack with this recipe! I also use triple cheddar sometimes as well.
Diced tomatoes and chiles - I normally use Rotel brand for this.
And an onion!
You're also going to need a large but also somewhat deep pan that you can fill with the chicken broth.
The first step is to slice the sausage into thinner pieces and cook them for a few minutes on the stove. I use about half of the sausage link if it's 2 or 3 people and the whole thing for more. Cook the sausage until they brown a bit on the ends. While they're cooking you can dice up about half of the onion. Throw the onion in and let that cook for a few more minutes. At this point you can drain out the excess sausage fat if you want or leave it in for some extra flavor!
Next you're going to add the diced tomatoes and chiles. Turn down the heat a bit, cover the pan and continue to cook for a few more minutes.
Once you see it start to bubble a bit, pour in the chicken broth, turn the heat back up and cover it once again. You want the broth to start boiling a little before adding the pasta. I use about 3/4 of a box of broth and sometimes the entire thing, again depending on how many people I'm cooking for. Once the broth starts to boil you can add your pasta. I use about half to 3/4 of a box. Cover the pan once again and let it on a low boil. If you turn the heat up too high the pasta will stick to the bottom of the pan so make sure to watch it and stir regularly. You can let it cook for about 10-13 minutes.
When your pasta is fully cooked you can turn the heat down and add the spinach. It's important to turn the heat down so the spinach doesn't get too soggy. Just break apart the spinach and stir it in. Do it a handful at a time and not all at once!
The last step is to add on the cheese....the best part!! I pour almost the entire bag on top, trust me it looks like a lot more than it is! Just let it sit, put the lid on top, keep the temperature on low and let the cheese melt! I save a little cheese to sprinkle on the plate just before serving it.
Once the cheese has melted enough on top, it's ready to eat and enjoy!! Again, when serving the pasta hot from the pan you can sprinkle a little extra cheese to melt on top because who doesn't love cheese!?
I hope you get to try out this recipe and maybe even add your own touch to it! And don't forget to let me know how you liked it! Thanks for reading and don't forget to comment your favorite recipe below! :)