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.
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.