A few months ago I came across this recipe for pasta simply flavored with sausage and cheese, with some added greens. Every month or so it would cross my mind, but I never got around to making it until last week. I bought all my ingredients from Trader Joe’s. Unfortunately, they only sell chicken and turkey sausage, which was sufficient, but I think pork sausage would have really given more flavor. We also only had about half the amount of parmesan the recipe called for, which I think also decreased the flavor, however despite these two setbacks, the dish was still wonderful!

Pasta with Sausage & Greens


1 pound pasta (I used TJ’s little pennes)
Olive oil
1/4 pound Italian or spicy sausage, crumbled
4 cloves garlic, minced
Four big handfuls of seasonal greens like baby spinach or arugula
1/2 cup grated Pamesan cheese

Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside.

In the same big pot you cooked the pasta in, heat a little olive oil and add the crumbled sausage and garlic. Cook over medium heat until the sausage is cooked through.

Add the greens and cook until barely wilted, then add the pasta and cheese and stir until all is combined and gooey – about two minutes. Serve with extra cheese.

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