Italian Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Recipe By : Jess

Flavor-packed sausage and sun-dried tomatoes are sure to liven up any simple pasta dish. A light meal for friends that can be served at lunch or dinner.


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Italian Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta


1 package (16 ounces) uncooked penne pasta

1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage

2/3 cup julienned soft sun-dried tomatoes 

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons of fennel seed

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 package (9 ounces) fresh spinach

3/4 cup shredded Romano cheese, divided


    STEP - 1

    Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.

    STEP - 2

    Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-6 minutes, breaking into crumbles. Stir in tomatoes, garlic, fennel seed and pepper flakes; cook 1 minute longer.

    STEP - 3

    Add wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated, 1-2 minutes. Stir in cream; cook 1 minute longer. Add spinach; cook and stir just until spinach is wilted.

    STEP - 4

    Drain pasta; add to sausage mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Sprinkle with crushed croutons and remaining cheese.

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