Creamy spinach and sausage pasta: Budget Bytes

Carbohydrates should be an energy packed friend of yours if you regularly clock up the miles. Luckily for us food blogger Beth of Budget Bytes provides all manner of delicious pasta dishes without breaking the bank, and here's one of our favourites.

Creamy spinach and sausage pasta: Budget Bytes

With iron rich spinach, protein packed sausage and tasty cheese it's almost a given that this creation will become a dinner time staple. 

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Serves 4 Prep time 5 Cook time 25

Ingredients

  • 170g smoked sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (with chilli is possible)
  • 470ml chicken stock
  • 225g pasta
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 225g grated monterrey jack cheese
  • 1 spring onion chopped

Method

  1. Thinly slice the smoked sausage and add it to a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Saute the sausage over medium heat until it is nicely browned (about 5-7 minutes). Drain off the excess fat.
  2. Dice the onion and add it to the skillet. Continue to saute until the onion has softened (about 5 minutes). Add the can of diced tomatoes with chillies and the chicken broth. Stir to combine and dissolve any browned bits off of the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Add the uncooked pasta to the skillet and make sure it is all submerged under the liquid. Place a lid on the skillet and allow the mixture to come up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for about ten minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Stir once or twice while the pasta cooks to keep it from sticking.
  4. Stir in the fresh spinach, one cup at a time, until wilted. If you add it all at once, the skillet will be too full to stir. Keep the heat on while adding the spinach, so the liquid will continue to simmer and thicken.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top, replace the lid, and let it sit for a few minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Slice the green onions and sprinkle them over top. Serve hot!

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