Tonight I went YOLO with dinner. Here was my thought process:
Husband wants dinner. Has no preferences.
There’s some stuff in the fridge I should probably use up. (Namely: 2 chicken sausage links and half a block of cream cheese)
Let’s combine those and call it dinner.
Now, I should say I’ve seen variations of a recipe like this in many places on the internet. But I never quite have the ingredients they ask for and I never quite use the same proportions and usually I don’t measure anything. So here’s what I pulled together tonight, in narrative form. Ours was a spicy-ish edition. Yours won’t be, unless you also have cayenne pepper goat cheese in your fridge, but if you like spicy — try some red pepper flakes.
Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta
Yield: about 5 adult servings
pasta of some sort – penne, rigatoni, rotini, or something similar [2 cups]
oil [1 teaspoon]
chicken sausages [2 links, about 6oz. I use these mild italian ones from Aldi]
fresh tomatoes [2 medium sized, diced]
frozen spinach [1 box, thawed/drained] – fyi, I thaw mine at 50% power in the microwave
generic pasta sauce [about 1/2 cup]
reduced-fat cream cheese (“Neufchatel”) [1/2 block, or about 4oz.]
optional: crumbled goat cheese
shredded mozzarella or shredded italian blend cheese [1/2 cup]
Choose a pasta that’s in your pantry. Boil water and make about 2 cups of pasta.
Whilst pasta water is coming to boil/cooking — do the following.
Heat a pinch of oil in a cast iron skillet on medium heat.
Take the chicken sausages and cut them into slices. Throw in cast iron skillet and cook, 8 minutesish until hot.
Throw in: diced fresh tomatoes with a pinch of salt; spinach; some generic pasta sauce (whatever’s in the fridge, if you’ve got it). Stir together, cook for about 3 minutes.
Add: cream cheese, cut into chunks. Stir well so that cheese melts. Note your sauce is now somewhat orange-y. Yum.
Turn heat down to medium-low.
Add: goat cheese, if you have it. I put in a decent amount of cayenne pepper goat cheese. Note well: I had this in my fridge and wanted it to be a spicier dish. This is totally optional and you’d be fine without it.
When pasta is done cooking — drain and add to skillet. Stir to incorporate pasta with everything else.
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella/italian cheese over the top of skillet. Allow to sit and heat for 5minutes so cheese starts to melt. Then serve.
We liked it! Also, fairly inexpensive, and pretty healthy (that’s a lot of spinach).