We went to one of our favorite Italian restaurants a few weeks ago. We were with a crowd, so we ordered appetizers. On the appetizer menu was a dish labeled Sausage & Spinach. Sounded good, so we tried it, and it was a hit with everyone. Naturally, I had to try making it myself at home, and, rather than serving it as an appetizer, serving it with pasta as a main dish.
Here’s our dinner in mid-preparation: sausage and spinach on the front burners; fettuccini and alfredo sauce on the back burners:
Click here for my fettuccini alfredo recipe. Here’s how I prepared the sausage & spinach:
2 links sweet or hot Italian sausage, sliced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
5-6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
large bag of fresh spinach
salt & pepper to taste
Sauté the onion, garlic, and sausage in a little olive oil. When the sausage is nearly done, begin sautéing the spinach in a little olive oil in another pan. When the spinach has cooked down, toss it with the sausage and serve.
Raw Italian sausage produces a lot of oil during cooking and will have to be drained and patted dry on paper towels before tossing with the spinach. I recommend parboiling your sausage ahead of time so it’ll slice nicely and cook without generating oil.
The ingredients listed will make a nice dinner for four.