ITALIAN SAUSAGE BOW TIE PASTA

by Sheryl

Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 30 mins | Total time: 45 mins | Yield: 4-6 servings

This restaurant-quality pasta dish reminds me of the ones I usually order from my favourite Italian restaurant. Crazy delicious and perfect not only for busy weeknights as it is super easy and quick to make but for date nights, too! If you adore Italian food, you will surely love this Italian Sausage Bow Tie Pasta. Made with perfectly cooked pasta smothered in a creamy tomato sauce full of spinach and bits of your preferred Italian sausage. You got to give this a try soon. I am pretty sure this will become your family’s new favourite!

INGREDIENTS

1 pkg. (12 ounces) bow tie pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 c. diced onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (28 ounces) Italian-style plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
1-1/2 c. heavy cream
1 c. packed spinach leaves, cut into thin strips
Fresh parsley, minced (optional)

HOW TO MAKE ITALIAN SAUSAGE BOW TIE PASTA

Step 1: According to package directions, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water. Drain when done.

Step 2: In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the sausage and red pepper flakes and cook over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through. Make sure to crumble the meat as it cooks. Then, add the onion and garlic and continue to cook until the onion is soft. Next, add the tomatoes along with the heavy cream. Let the mixture simmer for approximately 10 minutes until it thickened.

Step 3: To the sauce, add the spinach and continue to cook for additional 3 minutes before adding in the pasta. If desired, sprinkle with parsley. Enjoy!

NOTES:

1. For this recipe, you can use your favourite Italian sauce (mild, sweet, or hot). You can also use turkey sausage if you’d like.

2. If using Italian sausage with casings, ensure to remove the casings and use only the ground meat.

3. Leftovers are perfect the next day. Reheat and serve.

NUTRITION FACTS:

Yield: 6, Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 623 | Total Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Unsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 606mg | Carbohydrates: 16g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Protein: 19g

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