Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Spinach, Mushroom and Sausage Linguine

My apologies to the regular readers out there, I know I haven't been posting much. It's not that I haven't been cooking, it's just that I am in the middle of a very busy time at work. Between that and personal obligations, I just haven't had a lot of extra time. I'll be trying to get back on the stick here.

All of us have those times when we are just too busy. Our tendency during those times is to go for prepared foods or take out, neither of which is particularly good for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This dish is quick, easy to make, delicious and filling.

As your pasta boils, simple brown your sausage with some shallots and mushrooms, finish it by adding some chicken or vegetable stock and balsamic vinegar and wilting some fresh spinach. It should all finish at about the same time, less than 10 minutes cooking time and less than 30 including prep. For that little bit of work you get a great combination of nuttiness from the whole wheat pasta and pecorino, earthiness from the mushrooms, freshness from spinach, a little bite of sausage, shallot and pepper and a hint of sweetness from the balsamic. And all of it for only 325 calories with 7 grams of fat and 8 of fiber.

Let's eat!

Spinach, Mushroom and Sausage Linguine
Makes 4 servings
8 ounces whole wheat linguine
6-8 ounces turkey Italian sausage
1 shallot, thinly sliced
8 ounces brown mushrooms, sliced
8 ounces fresh spinach
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup pecorino or Parmesan cheese for topping

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta cooks, crumble and brown Italian sausage, shallot and mushrooms. Once browned, add stock, balsamic and pepper. Add the spinach and continue to cook until wilted. Toss with the pasta and top with the cheese.

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danasfoodforthought said...

Sounds like a delicious quick meal! I've been super busy lately, too, so this is just what I need!

DailyChef said...

I love a good pasta, and this certainly qualifies!

Mags said...

Easy, delicious and healthy pasta recipe. It sounds delicious.

Quay Po Cooks said...

Great recipe for a quick meal. Definitely one for a busy bee:D

Yeşim Çağlar said...

pasta s my favourite, always best meal for me ,especially if i m busy and dont have much time, and always look for new ingredients to add in it.. and this linguine look so good..

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I think the beginning of fall marks a busy time for all of us. This is a great recipe for a quick and easy dinner without skimping on flavor!

ravienomnoms said...

That looks really easy to make, thanks for sharing!

sevgi said...

This looks and sounds delicious. Any combo of pasta, sausage and spinach, is a winner! I love this type of dish, especially this time of year. It's such a comfort food.

Chicago Cuisine Critique said...

This looks great!

Scott K said...

thanks you guys!

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