Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bow-Tie Pasta with Sausage and Feta Cheese

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been going through all of my old Southern Living.  I found this recipe for Bow-Tie Pasta with Sausage and Feta Cheese.... and spinach.  I liked the idea so I gave it a try.  I really enjoyed it but I love all of these ingredients.  It is a bit tangy so you do need to like balsamic vinegar.  This isn't a pasta that the sauce totally adheres to the pasta.  The flavor is there but not a tons of sauce.  I reheated this the next day and enjoyed it even more - I think the pasta had absorbed more of the sauce.

Bow-Tie Pasta with Sausage (adapted from Southern Living)

1 (12 oz) pkg of bow-tie pasta
3/4 lb ground Italian sausage - casing removed
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 (14 1/2 oz) can chicken broth
1 (9oz) pkg fresh spinach (I used baby spinach)
6 oz crumbled feta cheese
1/4 tsp salt
4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

Prepare pasta according to directions.  Meanwhile, cook sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring often, 8 - 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is not longer pink.  Add onion, and saute 5 minutes.  Add garlic, saute 1 minute and stir in vinegar cooking for 3 minutes.  Add chicken broth and cook 5 minutes.  Stir in spinach and next 3 ingredients;  Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.  Stir in cooked pasta and serve immediately.  Serve with favorite garlic bread and enjoy!

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