Sometimes you just really nail it with a flavor combination. White Wine, Red Pepper Flakes, White Cheddar and Dijon Mustard sounds strange but it melds together so well you are going to be licking the bowl! Zesty Spinach Sausage Pasta is a delicious dinner that will have zero leftovers.
You don’t necessarily have to get roasted red pepper sausage, it goes very well with this sauce. You could go for a garlic based one or maybe even just Italian. But most brands of chicken sausage do offer a roasted red pepper sausage. You could also do a fettuccini or linguini instead of spaghetti – that one just comes down to preference – but I do recommend sticking with a long pasta.
I am not a wine drinker so I don’t keep fancy wine in the house. In fact, I just have a couple of single serve wines in my pantry that I use just for cooking. While many say don’t cook with it if you wouldn’t drink it – if you wouldn’t drink any wine you are a little stuck. I have found that you just don’t want the very cheapest or very spendy – somewhere in the middle of what’s offered at your grocery store will do just fine.
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Zesty Spinach Sausage Pasta
- 1½ lb Spaghetti Noodles
- 2 lb Red Pepper Chicken Sausage cut into ½-inch rounds
- 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- ½ cup Fresh Sage roughly chopped
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 cup White Wine
- 2 cups Fresh Spinach roughly chopped
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 2 cup Sharp White Cheddar shredded
- Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta.
- In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add oil and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes then add sausage, sage and red pepper flakes. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water.
- Add wine to saute pan, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Remove lid and add spinach, cream, and mustard. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 3 minutes. Add in cheese and stir to combine. Replace lid and let simmer until ready to serve.
- In a shallow bowl, start with a portion of pasta and ladle sausage sauce over top.
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