Cavatappi with Sausage & Veg

 

Cavatappi with Sausage and Veg

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cavatappi pasta
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 classic sausages
  • 1 red onion , medium
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 6 oz baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the Cavatappi according to package directions. Before draining it, reserve 3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Drain the pasta and transfer it to a large bowl. Drizzle it with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and the reserved cooking liquid, and toss. Cover the pasta to keep it warm.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet, and saute the sausage over medium low heat. Remove the sausage to a cutting board. Slice the sausage diagonally into 1 inch pieces.

  3. Keeping the heat on medium low, add the onions and garlic to the pan, and saute them for a few minutes until they soften. Add the tomatoes and cook them for 2 minutes, then add the sliced sausages. Next, add the spinach and cook it until it just begins to wilt. Be careful not to overcook it, since it will become mushy and lose its brilliant green color.

  4. Pour the sausage mixture over the pasta, and gently toss it. Sprinkle it with the Parmesan cheese, then add salt and pepper to taste, and toss it again.

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