One Pot Creamy Sausage Pasta

What is better than an awesome recipe that is quick, easy and only requires one pot?  Sounds perfect to me because I’m always too hungry to wait for something to cook and I hate washing dishes. This is a great weeknight meal but will be filling enough for the hungriest husband after a long day.

Ingredients:

8 oz of dry pasta (I used linguine here but any pasta will work)

1 lb of smoked sausage, cooked (Hillshire has a great option)

1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes

1/2 cup milk

2 cups chicken broth

2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used pepperjack but cheddar or Colby jack would be good too)

1 small onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

In a large, deep skillet, heat a small amount of olive oil.  Add the garlic and onion.  Sautee for a minute or two.  Add the sausage and let it brown slightly.  I used smoked turkey sausage that is in the meat or deli section. It’s really delicious.

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Toss in the chopped spinach, mix and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

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Once the sausage and vegetables have cooked for a few minutes, pour in the milk, chicken broth, and can of tomatoes with the liquid. Mix all of that together then add in the dry pasta.  It sounds weird to add pasta before it is cooked, but that’s the best part of this recipe.  You don’t need a separate pot to cook the pasta!

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Bring everything to a boil then cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.  The pasta will cook in the liquid and the starch from the pasta will thicken the sauce.

After 15 minutes, turn the heat off, uncover and add in the majority of the shredded cheese.  Stir everything around and let the cheese melt.

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Serve with a little bit extra cheese on top.  Add a salad and you’ve got a great, super easy meal ready to go.

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Swap the diced tomatoes for a can of Rotel and this become a spicy sausage pasta.  That’s a variation of this my husband loves!  If these veggies or sausage aren’t your favorite, use the way of cooking pasta in the liquid for the sauce to save yourself some time on another recipe.

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