Sausage Pasta

This one was a “hope it turns out” and ended up being a very tasty meal. A little bit of heat to this but not much, lots more veggies than it looks like, very good overall. Even my (soon to be) 4 year old son liked it.

(Sorry for the fuzzy pic, the steam kept fogging up my lens…)

1 pound spiral pasta (save 1 cup of pasta water before draining)
1 pound mild pork sausage
2 cups sliced bell pepper
4 cups fresh spinach (or 1 cup frozen and thawed)
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1 jar roasted poblano alfredo sauce

Cook pasta until al dente and set aside. Brown the sausage and drain the fat off. Add the bell peppers to the sausage and brown until slightly soft. Add spinach and wilt. Add pasta water and alfredo sauce. Stir together well and pour over pasta. Add green onions and stir. Let sit for a couple minutes so the pasta can absorb some of the sauce, serve and enjoy!


A Different Spinach Dip

I goofed. I was making spinach dip in the food processor and I wasn’t paying attention and I thought I ruined it. But it turned out great. Better than normal spinach dip I think. And the best part is that it won’t get stuck in your teeth like the old stuff does. (At least it always gets stuck in my teeth.)

A Different Spinach Dip

2 pounds fresh spinach well washed
1 packet onion soup mix
1 8oz block of cream cheese at room temp
8-10 ounces sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a large pot put about 1 cup of water and all of the spinach. Cover with lid. Steam for about 3 minutes or until the spinach is mostly limp but not cooked to mush. Let cool so you can wring it out and get as much water/juice out of it as possible. In the food processor combine lemon juice and soup mix and cooled dry spinach. Pulse a few times. Add cream cheese and sour cream and pulse a couple more times or until the mixture is all green and there are no large lumps. Add pepper to taste and pulse a couple more times to mix everything together good. Put into a container and refrigerate overnight. Serve with veggies, crackers, chips, apple slices, or anything else you can think of. Enjoy!