Simple Sausage Pasta
I was walking through the grocery store and this sausage meat caught my eye.
I don't recall ever seeing sausage sold without the casing before (yes, I live under a rock) and it intrigued me.
But truthfully — I was torn.
I've been trying so hard to buy organic and sustainably responsible items when I shop that I was feeling pangs of guilt (were the animals treated well?) and fear (would I be putting chemicals into our bodies?), but then a voice of reason spoke up and reminded me that most of the food served in restaurants is not organic. And it's pretty damn expensive to eat organic 100% of the time.
So in the cart it went.
And this sausage turned into the most satisfying meal I've had all week. It was rich and flavorful — and somehow tasted like it had been sprinkled with parmesan cheese (although there was no dairy involved at all). It was flavorful (not hot or spicy) and a good hearty meal to dig into at the end of the day. With big goofy grins and overstuffed bellies, we all happily agreed that this recipe should be on repeat. Hopefully you'll think so too. ;)
These ramen noodles have become my 'go to' noodle for everything. It takes about 5 minutes to cook up a serving of these — as opposed to rice noodles which can take up to 20 minutes or more. Plus I really enjoy the flavor. The only issue I've had is they get a little gummy if you let them sit too long after cooking and straining them.
Simple Sausage Pasta
*The following recipe can easily be made 8SAFE if you follow the original recipe and only use processed ingredients that are free of gluten & the top eight food allergens.
The 8SAFE ingredients I used in this recipe are: Premio Sweet Italian Sausage Meat and Lotus Foods Millet & Brown Rice Ramen noodles.
1/4 cup pure olive oil
1 lb sausage meat
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3-4 whole cloves of garlic
5 oz. package pre-washed baby spinach
salt to taste
2 blocks of millet & brown rice ramen noodles
Cook the pasta according to package directions and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in dutch oven (or other large pan with high sides). Add the sausage meat, break into small bits, stirring occasionally until no longer pink.
Add garlic cloves and tomatoes, along with 2 big pinches of salt. Cover and cook until tomatoes soften and start breaking down, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes).
Add the entire pack of baby spinach & another pinch of salt, stir, then cover again just for a minute to help the spinach wilt. Remove cover and continue cooking & stirring until all the spinach has wilted.
Turn off the heat, add the cooked pasta to the pot. Mix and serve.
Always use safe handling practices when preparing an 8SAFE recipe:
Wash hands with soap and water (hand sanitizer does not remove allergens).
Wipe down all surfaces; use clean equipment; and
Avoid cross contamination of ingredients not called for in the recipe. Be mindful that allergens can become airborne in flour or powdered form. Preparing 8SAFE recipes before ‘regular’ recipes will help prevent cross contamination. Do not share equipment among recipes (For example: If you cook regular pasta alongside 8SAFE pasta, use a dedicated spoon for each. Do not use one spoon to stir both pots.)
Clean your grill thoroughly beforehand (or use a clean grill pan or tin foil on the grill) when preparing an 8SAFE recipe.
Dedicate individual serving utensils for each dish. Allow food sensitive guests to serve themselves first to reduce risk of cross contamination from serving utensils.
When in doubt, snap a photo of the ingredient list of any processed items you use for an 8SAFE recipe. You can then share the information with your guests to confirm that it’s safe.