I don't make pasta very often....for the exact same reason I don't keep potato chips
Don't get me wrong...I am not suggesting pasta is junk food. I know when you are the one controlling what goes into your pasta...it's difficult to find a healthier ~ more soul fulfilling meal!
So when I do make pasta...that's what I do...I control the ingredients.
In this case we have Orecchiette (small ear shaped pasta), homemade roasted red peppers...
Sauteed spinach, fresh Italian sausage, garlic infused olive oil and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
So while there's nothing groundbreaking about the ingredients in this dish....there is no cup of salt or pound of butter...no processed cheese or sugar laced sauce...
Just rustic, wholesome goodness...with lots and lots of bread!
Orecchiette with Garlic Infused Olive Oil, Spicy Italian Sausage, Roasted Peppers and Spinach
8 oz. Orecchiette Pasta
2 Roasted red peppers, sliced
2 Spicy Italian Sausages, removed from casing and browned until cooked
1 package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 large cloves (plus 1 small clove) of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked pepper to taste
Freshly Grated Parmesan cheese (mixed into the pasta and for garnish on top)
In a small pan, place first 3 Tlbs. minced garlic, red pepper flakes and pinch of salt in room temperature Olive Oil. Turn on heat and cook over medium-low heat until the garlic begins to sizzle and slightly brown. (You want the garlic cooked - not raw - but you also want to avoid burning) Remove pan from heat and set aside.
In large frying pan, place 1 tablespoon olive oil and the 1 small minced garlic clove. Place spinach in pan and over medium heat saute up until heated through, stirring often about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Prepare pasta and bring dish together:
Cook Pasta according to package instructions. Drain, do not rinse! Place pasta back in the same pot.
Pour prepared garlic infused olive oil over top.
Fold in prepared spinach, peppers, sausage and cheese. Salt and Pepper to taste.
Garnish with more cheese and serve with crusty bread!