Spice Up Your Pasta Night!

This recipe is quite possibly my favorite pasta dish. My mom and I found it online a few years back when we were trying to find a new spin on pasta.

It remains one of our favorites and is constantly requested by my dad when my brother isn’t around! It’s super simple to make and has a ton of flavor. The leftovers heat up deliciously and taste just about as good as it does fresh out of the pan.

And guess what? It pretty much has all the food groups. So it’s a complete and healthy meal. Good luck eating just one bowl though 😉

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Bowties with Sausage, Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach
(Serves 4-6)

1 box of bowtie pasta
1 pkg. Italian sausage links (usually comes in 5 link packages), hot or sweet (or both!)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c. sliced sundried tomatoes
1 can of diced tomatoes
1/2 c. white or red wine
1 c. chicken stock
A pinch of dried basil and oregano
1/8 – 1/4 tsp. red pepper flake
4-5 generous handfuls of fresh baby spinach
1/4 c. parmesan or parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions until just before al dente.

In a large pan, heat the pan over medium-high heat. Squeeze the sausage out of the links into the pan and break up into chunks with a spoon or other cooking utensil. When the sausage just has a little pink left, add in the garlic, diced tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, wine, chicken stock and spices. Bring to a boil.

When the sauce has reduced slightly, add in your pasta and spinach. Cook all of your ingredients together until the spinach is wilted and the pasta is cooked through. At the end, add the cheese and stir to combine.

Serve in large pasta bowls and garnish with extra cheese, if desired.

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