One-Pot Sausage, Basil, and Spinach Pasta
This one-pot pasta is also a one-pot meal, covering your protein, vegetable, and carbohydrate needs all in one dish. One-pot pastas make use of the naturally occurring starches in the pasta to create a thick, creamy, flavorful sauce—you won’t believe how much flavor can come from such simple preparation!
- 1 lb. fettuccine (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
- 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth (or use any variety)
- 15 oz. diced fire-roasted tomatoes
- 2 - 4 pre-cooked Italian turkey, chicken, or vegetarian sausage (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed), sliced
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced, about 1 1/2 tsp.
- 1 tsp. kosher salt, sea salt, or other coarse salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 5 - 6 oz. baby spinach roughly chopped
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese optional
- In a Dutch oven or large pot, combine all of the ingredients, except the spinach, basil, and cheese. Add ½ cup of water.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn to a simmer, stirring occasionally so that the pasta doesn’t stick together, for 5 minutes.
- Add the spinach and cook for another 3 – 5 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente and the liquid has been almost entirely absorbed.
- Stir in the chopped basil. Serve immediately with the Parmesan cheese (optional).
Do Ahead or Delegate: Slice the sausages and refrigerate, peel the garlic, chop the spinach, grate if necessary and refrigerate the cheese. Scramble Flavor Booster: Add ¼ - ½ tsp. crushed red pepper and/or use hot Italian sausage. Tip: Do you like crispy sausage? Instead of adding it to the dish at the beginning, you can crisp it in a separate skillet with a drizzle of olive oil and then mix it in at the end along with the basil. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 414, Total Fat: 9g, 14%; Saturated Fat: 2g, 8%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 706mg, 29%; Total Carbohydrate: 67g, 22%; Dietary Fiber: 5g, 19%; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 17g Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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