This one is definitely a favorite in our house. I came up with this recipe several years ago, and cannot count how many times I’ve made it. I haven’t changed much to it, because the flavors are just so good together! Here is how to make an easy, healthy, pasta dish perfect for summer time or anytime!
One package Italian Turkey Sausage
One box Whole Wheat Linguine
1 package Portabello mushrooms
1 Yellow or Orange Pepper
6-10 cloves garlic
1/2 bag fresh spinach
1 red onion
Italian herbs-(1-1 1/2 tsp oregano, basil, parsley) Use a fresh Italian herb paste if you can. But it’s not necessary if you don’t have one.
About 1 cup fresh Parmesan and a little extra for garnishing
Start by getting your water boiling to get your pasta cooked. Get the heat going on it because you definitely want your pasta to be ready by the time the other ingredients are finished cooking.
In a saute pan get anywhere from 2-3 tbls EVOO heated up. Start to chop up all your veggies and garlic
Love the colors in this dish!
Then in a seperate pan get it nice and hot and coated with a canola oil spray. You are going to use this pan to cook your Italian Turkey Sausage. Now there are two ways you can cook up your sausage. One would be to slice then into 1/2 inch pieces. The other would be to remove the casing completely and just cook it up into finer pieces. I personally like slicing them into thicker pieces because its adds the perfect amount of sausage into each bite. However, I don’t like the casing of the sausages they sell here in Missouri. So I just remove the casing. It really works either way.
Moving forward…once you get your veggies, sausage, and pasta water going this is what your stove top should look like…
Note: this is not the meal you want to make if you have a lot of distractions going on. While it’s easy and quick to make it demands your undivided attention for at least 5-10 minutes 😉
Oh and it helps if you have an adorable Sous Chef like mine to help you out…Don’t worry mommas, I have pretty long arms and do a lot of my cooking these days with one hand and body angled on the side to keep this little one from catching a spatter of something. Hey I’ve got two under two…you do what you can to make dinner happen 😉
My little artist keeping us company 🙂
Once your pasta is done, drain and set to the side. In the large pot that you cooked your pasta in add your cooked veggies, cooked sausage, and top with all of your seasonings and s+p. I usually eyeball this stuff, but I add a pretty generous amount of the Italian seasonings. I’d say about 1tbls of each. Then dump your drained pasta on top and add a generous amount of olive oil and 1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, (note do not use grated, you will not be happy with the taste or texture) Then you’ll want to use either tongs or a spaghetti tongs and mix all the ingredients together until they have all blended. Serve in a pasta bowl and sprinkle with a little extra Parmesan. I hope you enjoy this pasta dish as much as my family and I do. Bon Appetit~