Saturday, March 17, 2012

Quick and easy and delicious

Craving spaghetti? Not wanting the same old, same old. Here’s a quick and easy recipe I love.

Vicki’s Linguine with Sausages and Spinach in tomato sauce

3 tbsp olive oil
4 hot Italian sausages
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 can pureed tomatoes
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 lb linguine
2 tbsp sliced green olives
2 green peppers thinly sliced
4 ox fresh baby spinach

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Add sausages and cook. Remove sausages, cool and slice

Add remaining oil and stir in garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer 10 minutes. Season with salt pepper and basil

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add linguine and cook until al dente

Meanwhile stir olives, green peppers and sausages into sauce. Cook 10 minutes.
Add spinach leaves

Toss sauce with pasta

Serve with parmesan cheese, if desired.
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