I hope you enjoyed the previous post where I show you how easy it is to make Orecchiette, the pasta that is shaped like “little ears”. Here is a wonderful 30 minute meal to make with fresh or packaged pasta! The colors in this dish are wonderful, with bright green spinach, rosy hot Italian sausage and golden egg pasta. Dinner for 2.
- 1 batch of Orecchiette pasta (or substitute 1/2 lb. dry pasta of your choice)
- 2 hot Italian sausage, about 1/2 lb. (or use sweet sausage)
- 1 package fresh baby spinach
- olive oil
- grated cheese
Hot Italian sausage adds some nice heat to this dish. If this is too spicy for your palate use any sweet sausage. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat a large skillet over medium low. Remove the sausage from the casings, and add to the skillet. Break it up with a spatula and brown on all sides.
Add all of the spinach to the skillet. It will cook down.
Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Add the drained pasta to the skillet with a small amount of the starchy water. Toss well to wilt the spinach.
Transfer to a serving platter, drizzle with a little olive oil and top with grated cheese.
Simple, flavorful and delicious. With fresh pasta it was amazing!
A dish like this with just a few simple ingredients can really showcase homemade pasta. Try it! See the previous post and learn how to make orecchiette right in your own kitchen.