Saucy Sausage Pasta
Saucy Sausage Pasta is a delicious dish of gluten-free fusilli pasta tossed with a delightful homemade simple sun-dried tomato pesto, Italian sausages, basil, spinach and fresh tomato sauce.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 pound Italian Sausage
(or can exchange for mushrooms to keep vegan)
- 1 pound pasta
dried fusilli (gluten-free or your pasta of choice)
- 1 cup spinach
(frozen thawed and squeezed dry)
- 1 cup tomatoes
- 1/2 cup pasta water
- basil to garnish (optional)
Cook the Italian sausages in a large frying pan on top of the stove in a little olive oil and brown on all sides then add about 1/4 cup water and put the lid on and cook for about 15 minutes or until the sausages are no longer pink in the middle. Set aside. (Do NOT wash your pan that you just cooked the Italian sausages in as that is going to add some delicious added flavor to your pasta dish)
Cook pasta according to box directions about 7-10 minutes in plenty of slated water. Drain, set aside and keep warm and toss in a little olive oil to prevent them from sticking.
While your sausage and pasta are cooking, make your 3 - Minute Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto. See link above for recipe. (If you are running low on time and energy, you can purchase pre-made sun-dried tomato pesto and I won't tell a soul. However if you are dairy or lactose intolerant, your cannot use store bought as it is usually made with parmesan cheese. )
Cut your sausage about 1/2 inch thick and toss back into the the same frying pan with your pasta, sun-dried tomato pesto, spinach, tomatoes and pasta water and toss until all of the pasta is coated with the delicious sun-dried tomato pesto sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with fresh basil as desired and freshly grated parmesan cheese unless you are lactose/dairy intolerant. Enjoy!
Serving: 1g | Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 853IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg