SNAP CHALLENGE: PENNE PASTA WITH SAUSAGE AND GREENS
The recipe for this Penne Pasta with Sausage and Greens is one of my top “sweep the kitchen” recipes. It’s a simple pasta and sauce dish made with Italian sausage and frozen greens in the fridge (I “sweep the kitchen” and then use any leftovers). I added a bit of feta to the pasta to give it an extra kick. That is all that was needed for this delicious and filling meal that kept me going throughout the week. I like simplicity!
12 oz. penne pasta ($1.49)
1 Tablespoon olive oil ($0.16)
Three links Italian sausage (about 12 OZ.) ($2.99)
Two cloves of garlic ($0.16)
One yellow onion ($0.42)
1 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes ($1.39)
1 6oz. container tomatoes ($0.56)
One teaspoon of dried or air-dried basil ($0.10)
3/4 tsp salt ($0.05)
Black pepper freshly cracked ($0.05)
One tablespoon brown sugar ($0.02)
1/4 lb. frozen broccoli ($0.47)
1/4 lb. frozen spinach ($0.47)
2 oz. feta ($0.87)
The pasta should be cooked according to the instructions on the package (boil for 7-10 mins or until it is all in a bite). The pasta should be rinsed in a strainer.
While the pasta cooks while the pasta is cooking, add the sausage links into a large pot with one tablespoon of olive oil. Cook the sausage on low heat for approximately five minutes or until they’re slightly crispy and soft enough to cut.
While the sausage cooks, chop the garlic into small pieces and cut the onion into slices. Take the sausage from the skillet and add the garlic and onion in the same place. Sauté the garlic and onion in the pot for about 3 minutes, and allow the moisture to melt the brown bits accumulated in the base of the pan. In the meantime, cut your sausage into small medallions. Add the sausage slices to the pot when the onions are soft and translucent. Let it cook for 5 minutes, and cook until cooked.
Incorporate the canned tomatoes that have been crushed, basil, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and brown sugar into the saucepan. Make sure the tomato paste gets evenly mixed along with tomato sauce.
Add the spinach and broccoli to the pot, mix to combine, and let it heat through while stirring now and then. At this point, the pasta should be cooked and rinsed. Add the drained pasta back into the pan and stir to combine. Add the feta to the pot, mix until it all comes together, and serve.