April 5, 2017

Sometimes Carbs happen (Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño)

I live the little to no carb lifestyle, but sometimes you just crave carbs.  Or get drunk and want to cook and eat carbs.  This post is a result of the latter.  We went to my friend Rebecca's for the St. Patrick's Day parade and I was a little tipsy when I got home alone.  I was hungry and I wanted carbs. I usually just go to my old lower carb swap favorite, a corn tortilla pizza, but I was out of tortillas. But I did have capellini, my favorite pasta.  

I had a recipe on my fridge I had ripped out of Real Simple because I knew I had all the ingredients either on hand, or usually on hand.  And when I saw it on my fridge that day, it was like true love, I had to have it for dinner.  

This was very good, a little spicy, a little sweet and really warmed my little carb deprived heart.  It was ready pretty quick and was very easy to make.  You should make this sometime as a twist on your regular spaghetti, you will love it and your people will thank you! Next time I will be a good girl and make it with zoodles. Full recipe to follow the montage.

Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Hello pasta, how I've missed you!
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
A very simple cast.  I loved this can of tomatoes so much it is on display in my kitchen now!
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Chop up your friends. Make sure you wash well after too. Oh wait, that sounds weird.
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Get your sausage cooked up real nice.
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Then remove and saute up the veggies in the drippings.
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Add most of everything else to the pot for a simmer.
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Then, make it really good for you and add some spinach.
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Once it is wilted down, you have yummy sauce.
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Ladle it on some noodles and swoon...but just for a second.
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
Because all good pasta needs cheese!
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño
I love when it looks like the picture!
Pasta With Sausage, Spinach, and Jalapeño (Adapted from Real Simple)

1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 chopped onion
2 chopped seeded jalapeños (about 2 jalapeños)
3 cloves chopped garlic (3 cloves)
1(28-oz.) can whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
3 cups loosely packed baby spinach
12 ounces pasta, cooked (I used capellini)

Heat a large stockpot over medium-high. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and crumbling, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a plate, reserving the drippings in the pot. Add the onion and jalapeño; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic; cook 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with their juices, salt, and pepper. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, crushing the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in the sausage and simmer until the sauce has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the spinach and simmer until wilted, about 2 minutes. Toss the hot pasta with the sauce.

Happy Cooking!

Missy


BTW: This appears in the Meal Plan Monday Link up.  It's the best!  Click on over to play!

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