For an easy weeknight dinner, look no further than this pasta with sausage and baby greens. So easy to customize to your family tastes!
Pasta has always been one of our go-to meals in our house, but we long-ago "outgrew" just a simple pasta with marinara sauce. My children might prefer that, but you get to the point where you need more "adult" pastas in your life.
This pasta with sausage and baby greens has to be one of the easiest pasta dishes that I have ever made and it packs a bunch of flavor in each bite (and a great way to get your greens in you). Unlike my penne with vodka sauce, the sauce for this dish is incredibly light and won't weight you down.
I strongly suggest using a good quality pork sausage. I use Smithfield All-Natural, which is surprisingly low in fat. In fact, I didn't even have to drain this. To lighten this up even more, you could also use ground chicken or turkey sausage.
I seasoned up the sausage with lots of Italian seasonings, which is a great tip for when you are out of Italian sausage. It's really important to let the sausage sit for at least 30 minutes before cooking it so the flavors can combine. I actually prefer to let it sit a little longer when I can, even overnight.
I like a perfectly al-dente pasta, so I undercook my pasta by about two minutes. Since the pasta ends up cooking in the pan for a couple of minutes, this helps prevent it from being overcooked.
Anytime you add freshly grated Parmesan cheese to hot pasta, you want to incorporate it a little at a time so that it blends evenly and doesn't clump together.
You can use any kind of greens you want. I also like to make this with just plenty of baby spinach! Baby greens cook in a matter of minutes so if you use larger ones, you'll have to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
If you want to spice this up, you could add some red pepper flakes. You really can customize it as much as you like!
The water that the pasta cooks is a little starchy, which helps the sauce coat the pasta, but it's not absolutely necessary. Sometimes I use 1/2 cup of chicken broth instead of the water for a little added flavor.
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