Thursday, December 10, 2015
I love simple one-pot meals. I usually check out the "one-pan dinner" page of my mother-in-law's Cook's Country magazine for some ideas. This recipe came from a recent issue and my family called it a winner. I further simplified the recipe by using my home-canned pizza sauce for the sauce.
You can let out the spinach if you wish, but even my children didn't complain about the green stuff in this recipe.
Three-Cheese Pasta with Sausage and Spinach
(adapted from Cook's Country)
1-2 lb sausage links, cut in 1 inch pieces
2 pint pizza sauce
2 cups water
16 oz rotini or ziti pasta
5 cups chopped spinach
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
In a large dutch oven or other oven-proof pot, cook sausage until browned.
Add pizza sauce, water, and pasta. Bring to boil on high heat. Then reduce heat and simmer until pasta is just barely softened.
Remove pot from heat and stir in spinach, 3/4 cup mozzarella, and 1/2 cup Parmesan. Spoon ricotta on top of pasta and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
Place in oven under broiler until cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown, approximately 4-6 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes and serve.