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Weeknight Wagon Wheel Pasta

This is an awesome quick weeknight meal.

Ingredients:

1 TBSP EVOO
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz Hot Italian Turkey sausage, casing removed
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 tsp flour
20 oz Chicken broth
2 cups water
8 oz Wagon Wheel pasta
5 oz Baby spinach
2 oz Parmesan cheese, shredded fine

Italian seasoning, as desired

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat (6.5 on our stove)
  • Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes
  • Stir in sausage and cook until broken up and no longer pink, about 4 minutes
  • Stir in garlic, cook 30-60 seconds
  • Stir in flour, cook for 1 minute
  • Stir in broth, water, and pasta. Increase heat to medium- high (7.5).
  • Bring to a vigorous simmer, and stir often until pasta is tender and sauce is thickened, 15-18 minutes.
  • Stir in spinach a handful at a time until wilted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parmesan.
  • Top with extra parmesan.
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Penne alla Vodka

Very yummy!

1, 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, drained with juice reserved
2 TBSP olive oil
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 TBSP tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1/3 cup Vodka
1/2 cup Heavy cream
1 lb Penne
2 TBSP fresh basil, chopped
Parmesan cheese, grated

Optional:

4 Spicy turkey sausage (removed from casing)

Instructions:

0. If using, brown sausage in frying pan. Drain and set aside.

1. Pulse the tomatoes in food processor until smooth. Combine the tomatoes and reserved juice to make 2 cups.  Discard the remainder.

2. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and tomato paste.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes.  Stir in garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

3. Stir in tomato mixture and 1/2 tsp salt.  Off heat, add vodka.  Return sauce to medium-high heat and simmer, stirring often, until alcohol flavor is cooked off, 8-10 minutes.  Stir in cream and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

4. Meanwhile, cook penne till al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot. Add sauce (and sausage, if using) and cook over medium heat, tossing to combine, until pasta absorbs some sauce, 1-2 minutes. Stir in basil, season with salt and pepper, then add some reserved cooking water as needed to adjust consistency.  Serve with Parmesan.