Kathe With an E: Skillet Penne & Sausage Supper

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Skillet Penne & Sausage Supper

As I shared waaay back at my very first post, here, my favorite cookbook is The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.
In that very first post I vaguely mentioned the sausage, spinach & pasta recipe that we love.  It just so happens I made named dish over the weekend and thought ahead enough to take pictures along the way to show you just how fast and easy it is to make! I included some of my own personal tips along the way.

 Skillet Penne & Sausage Supper from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, minced (I only used less than half an onion cuz I am not a fan of onions but, I do understand their place in the food chain)
   Salt 
1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage (you can use Italian turkey sausage if you'd like)
3 garlic gloves, minced (I use the minced garlic in the jar)
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, rinsed and chopped fine
8 ounces penne pasta (about 2 1/2 cups)
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 5-ounce bag baby spinach (I used about 3.5 ounces fresh from my garden! More would have been better but that's all I had at the time)
1 ounce Parmesan cheese grated (about a half cup) 
Pepper



Fresh, organic, grown with love spinach.
1. Heat the oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering.  Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Stir in the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.


3. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Sprinkle the tomatoes and penne over the sausage. 


Pour the broth and milk over the pasta. stir lightly to mix. 
Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.  Now I don't know if it's because I am at a higher altitude or what but it takes my pasta about 20 minutes before it is tender. YMMV is all I am saying.
Most of the liquid should have been absorbed by the pasta.
4. Stir in the spinach a handful at a time cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. I just lay the spinach on top and put the cover back on for the 2 minutes.  It wilts the spinach and makes it easier to stir into the pasta mixture.
Stir in the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper to taste.
I serve up in my pretty pasta bowls that I got on sale at Cost Plus World Market topped with some more Parmesan cheese.
As my buddy Jen would say "Get In My Belly Now!"
Serve along with a garden salad and some crusty bread and nom away!  

Don't forget to come by on Tuesday's
for the link party.

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49 comments:

  1. This looks so delicious I am going to have to make it. I am pinning it to my Recipes to Try :)

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  2. I love this recipe! My niece made it while we were visiting and now I make it too. Just looking at your gorgeous photos I know I need to make it again real soon!

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  3. It looks delicious! Visiting from My Front Porch to Yours...

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  4. ohhh yummy, yummy! my husband would love this! found you via the blog hop xo

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  5. Looks delicious! We are suckers for italian.

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  6. pinned for the future try. Looks delish thanks, andi thewednesdaybaker

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  7. Oh your not kidding with this one! WOWZERS Lady!!! Going to have to try for sure!!

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  8. That looks so amazing! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop...I am your newest follower! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see please follow back :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

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  9. Looks amazing, gotta try! Pinning.

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  10. Sounds fantastic! It's like you've mixed all my favourite ingredients into one dish! Pinned. :)

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  11. Wish I had seen this when I was visiting the daughter this past week. She would have loved this. As it is, I'll send her the link and fix it at home for the rest of us. This dish is very much up our alley.

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  12. This looks so yummy! I love America's Test Kitchen I watch the show on Saturday morning :) thanks for sharing!

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  13. That looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. That looks delicious, Kathe. Thanks for sharing the recipe. laurie

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  15. Hi Kathe, my daughter has that cookbook and loves it too. This looks really tasty. I love the added spinach. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  16. I'll have to make this when our spinach is ready to pick. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop Big Hugs xo

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  17. Yum! Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday round up!
    Kayla :)

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  18. Coming over to visit from Scrumptious Sunday at Addicted to Recipes. This looks delicious!

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  19. Yummy! I host a linky party on Tuesday called The Gathering Spot and would love you to link up. I am also a new linky follower. Maybe you can follow me back :)

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  20. Looks delicious - my kinda food! I am glad to see I'm not the only one using minced garlic from a jar ;-) Seems most recipes makes a point of using "freshly minced" . I am following you now via GFC and will be back on Tuesday for the link party.

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  21. This looks yummy. Have to give it a try.

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  22. I am gonna have to try this. Love one skillet recipes!

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  23. This looks delicious!! I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Take care Anu

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  24. OH yummy! That looks so tasty!!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  25. I received that cookbook for Christmas a few years ago - it has the best recipe ever for French Fries - this is our only method of make home made fries now..

    This recipe sounds great too..

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  26. I love pasta, and i like the sound of this recipe. Thanks for sharing! Patsy

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  27. This looks delicious! I really like sun-dried tomatoes and my husband likes Italian sausage--what a great combination.

    Thank you for linking up at the It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising.

    Erika

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  28. YUMMY!! It looks great! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  29. I'm sending this comment at lunch time so that nice pasta is making me wish I had some. Thanks for sharing at Your Cozy Home Party.---------- Shannon

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  30. Hi Kathe,

    This looks amazing! I am going to have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Debbie

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  31. Delicious! Love that you also used spinach!!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  32. This looks gorgeous and such a great idea. My boys will love this.

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  33. Hi Kathe!

    What a great cooking tutorial! I never think ahead... I am already munching away when I think about taking pictures. Of course then it is way too late.

    Your pictures are all so nice and the final result looks so delicious!

    Thanks for sharing at my party this week!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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  34. This dish looks fantastic! I will have to try it sometime, we love sausage with penne. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

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  35. Kathe, this looks super yummy and easy. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great day :)
    Michelle

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  36. So wholesome and delicious! And I love the bowls, very pretty!

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  37. I am a big fan of America's test kitchen besides their great recipes they really teach technique. I would love it if you would share this recipe on my foodie friday party today.

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    1. Usually you can pick it up from the comment: Here is the link to the party:
      http://simplelivingdianebalch.blogspot.com/2012/06/foodie-friday-simple-eggplant-parmesan.html

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  38. Hey Kathe, I'll be right over for a bite! This looks so yummy. Thank you so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  39. I love that cookbook too and it is one of the few that has a permanent home in our kitchen. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

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  40. This looks delicious. We'd love for you to party with us for Tasty Tuesday over at aletteredlife.blogspot.com

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  41. I wanted to thank you for sharing this on my linky party and let you know that it was featured and one of the most viewed. I will definitely make this.
    Thanks
    Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

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  42. Kathe, this looks so delicious and heartwarming. Definitely a dish to bring the family together!

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  43. I made this last night! Delicious then and as lunch today :)

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! I think it's even better the next day :-)

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  44. I have that cookbook! It's looking a bit worse for wear...the sign of a well loved book ;).

    Sausage?? You're a girl after Fisherman's heart. We have a pic of him when we were in Hawaii for our 25th anniversary hugging a 'sausage tree'. Yup, there's actually a tree with that name lol!

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