Then, you may ask, "Why Wednesday?"
Well, this dish in the Fat Noodle repertoire leans a little heavy on the carbohydrates. It’s meant for those mid-week nights when you’ve been on the straight-and-narrow all week, going to the gym and eating right, but then after a rough work day, you need some comfort to help you over the hump. This one-pan dish requires little time and preparation, and it makes satisfying leftovers that can be enjoyed into the early weekend.
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ T. butter
½ c. dry white wine
½ c. low-sodium chicken stock
1 package grape tomatoes
1 bag spinach (if you prefer un-bagged, buy a 12-oz. bunch and remove stems)
2 spicy turkey sausage, casings removed
2 sweet turkey sausage, casings removed
1 box gemelli pasta
1 tsp. oregano
Parmesan cheese, to taste
Pepper, to taste
First, start boiling water for the pasta (I feel like I’m always waiting on boiling water, so being proactive helps).
Heat butter in large sauté pan. Sauté the onion with melted butter for 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 2 more, or until onions appear translucent. Add the equal parts white wine and chicken stock, season with oregano and pepper, and bring to a simmer.
Add sausage, breaking apart with a wooden spoon until crumbling, and cook for 5 minutes. Add in tomatoes and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Meanwhile, your pasta should be long boiling by now. Using a ladle, reserve ½ cup of the bubbly gluten water that rises to the top. Cook pasta for a minute less than “al dente” directions on box.
Back to the pan, lower heat and gently fold in spinach in small handfuls until just wilted. Add ladles full of pasta until you’ve reached your ideal pasta-to-stuff ratio, utilizing the reserve gluten water as needed to keep things moist. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
You can make this dish even yummier by adding pieces of smoked mozzarella during the final mixing process – a step I limit to special occasions.. You can also make it healthier by using whole wheat pasta, but that is a battle I’ve yet to win.
Happy Hump Day!