Saturday, July 02, 2005

Spicy Turkey Sausage and Spinach Pasta

Spicy Turkey Sausage and Spinach Pasta(Adapted from EW)

12 ounces cavatappi pasta, uncooked
12 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
8 cups baby spinach
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Cook pasta until just tender, according to package directions - usually 9 to 11 minutes.

In a large nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, spinach and tomatoes. Cook, stirring often, until the greens wilt and the tomatoes begin to break down, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and keep warm.

Combine cheese, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Measure out 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid; drain the pasta. Quickly whisk the cooking liquid and oil into the cheese mixture and add to the pasta, tossing to combine. Portion out the pasta and top with the sausage mixture.

Serves 4-6

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