Pasta. Not the tomato kind, but the kind that has ingredients you can’t pronounce. The kind that should be named something fancy & on a “specials” board at an Italian restaurant.
Pasta is something I crave a lot but I usually only pop open a jar of Rao’s Arrabbiatta Sauce (which is amazing, btw). This week I’ve been wanting something more, so I started scrolling through recipes. I found recipes that I thought sounded amazing & steered away from the traditional pasta. Then I made my grocery list & headed out to Trader Joe’s. A.) I didn’t know what broccoli rabe was, I didn’t get that. But you know what, I knew what spinach was & I got that! There were a few other ingredients I just didn’t know, so I made up my own & came up with this delicious recipe.
M would definitely love this meal, I will have to make it for him. I’m also a little more inclined to make it instead of other pastas for a date night since I didn’t add garlic!
Also, since I came up with this dish, does that mean I get to name it?
“No Broccoli Rabe” Pasta
- Orecchiette Pasta – I always make too much, so this is up to you 🙂
- Italian Sausage w/casings removed – I picked up a pack of Italian sausage from Trader Joe’s that had 5 links & I only used 2 for two servings, but you can definitely add more
- Spinach – 4 cups
- Chicken Broth – 1/4 cup
- Baby Bella Mushrooms – 1 cup
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Salt for tasting
- Boil pasta – this pasta usually takes 12 minutes then rinse with cold water.
- While it’s cooking, remove casings from sausage, add a teaspoon of olive oil and brown in dutch oven. Make sure to break it apart while it’s cooking.
- After the sausage is brown, add in mushrooms and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
- Next, add the chicken broth & spinach and allow to heat up for a couple minutes.
- Lastly, add your pasta to the dutch oven and stir. Add juice of 1 lemon, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, & a pinch of salt.
- Let heat for a few minutes, then serve immediately with Parmesan on top & enjoy!!
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