One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini Dinner

Enjoy One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini Dinner, from Good Fast Eats cookbook from Amy at Belly Full blog! The most delicious weeknight meal your family will love!

One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini Dinner

Friends, I love a good cookbook that has recipes where you want to make all of them! Recently I served a One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini dinner, from my friend Amy’s Good Fast Eat cookbook.

It’s now on the list for one of our “go-to” weeknight meals!

One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini Dinner

Amy’s a fabulous cook (she blogs over at BellyFull.net) and every recipe in this book looks so good, and so easy for weeknight cooking! Seriously, if you know any newly married couples who are looking for delicious, healthy, easy recipes, then this book is for them. Or, if you’re wanting to change up your menu, then you’ve got to try some of these recipes. Recipes like Moo Shu Pork, Easy Cashew Chicken, or Tortellini Minestrone (mm-m-m, it’s soup season!).

If you’re vegetarian friends are coming for dinner, there’s the classic Italian Stuffed Zucchini!

The best part about homemade food is it’s way healthier, and you can make extra if you wish, for leftovers the next day. You can plan ahead (shop with a list to avoid buying things you don’t need). Or, have you ever just taken the cookbook with you to the store? I have!

Planning meals will help you avoid ingredients that will end up in the back of your pantry!

I have a basket of pasta that is in the front of my pantry, so when a recipe calls for pasta, I can take quick inventory before I head to the store. We use DeLallo pasta (100% whole wheat), and it is the best!

One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini Dinner

These weeknight recipes are quick, healthy, with simple ingredients (the kind we can all find in the store).

Take a peek at this tasty meal!

One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini Dinner

Let’s talk leftovers for a minute here. Many times I’ll double a recipe, because we’re feeding some big kids this summer. If you do make extra, make sure it’s something that will hold up well for a few days, like a soup, stew or bean dish. Otherwise it may be wasted.

For this season of life, leftovers in our kitchen never go to waste. But one day, when it will just be me and Paul (and I’ll still be cooking up a storm for the blog), I’ll get back to sharing more with our neighbors, or donating extra non-perishables to our local food bank (many grocery stores serve as drop-off locations).

One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini Dinner

WE DO NOT WANT TO WASTE FOOD!

Another idea for avoiding waste is to repurpose a dish.

How would you repurpose this One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini dinner? Make a Sausage Spaghettini PIE!

Super easy!

How to repurpose One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini dinner into a Sausage Spaghettini PIE:

1. Spray a pie plate with cooking spray, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, add the leftovers, with 1 cup of your favorite cheese, and 1/2 cup cream.
3. Gently mix together; pour into the prepared pie plate.
4. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese (try a different flavor?) and fresh chopped parsley.
5. Bake for 20 minutes until heated through. Serve!

The reality is that food waste is an issue where we live, and forty percent of food in the U.S. is wasted. OUCH. That is embarrassing and bad.

I think about my grandparents and how they farmed for a living, and how this waste disrespects the hard work farmers put into producing our food. And then on top of that, it disregards the people who don’t have enough to eat.

Friends, we need to be diligent about preventing food from going to waste. Our family included.

Next time you head to the grocery store, make sure you have a plan for your cooking!

And don’t forget to buy Amy’s cookbook! :)

One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini Dinner

One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini Dinner

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

This recipe calls for thin spaghetti. The package will literally be labeled "thin spaghetti," and that's what you want for this. Anything different and you will have to adjust the cooking liquids. Recipe from Good Fast Eats cookbook.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage link (I used Smoked Beef Sausage)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 32 oz chicken stock (4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 12 oz thin spaghetti, broken in half (we buy DeLallo 100% Whole Wheat)
  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Parmesan (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add sausages and cook, turning occasionally, until they are browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the cooked sausages to a plate and pour off all but 1 TBSP of the oil from the pan.
  2. Return the pan to the heat and add the onion, and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in the broth and water, and turn up the heat to bring it to a boil.
  3. Stir in the pasta and simmer until tender, about 7 minutes.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, slice the sausages in half lengthwise and then into half moon pieces. Add it back to the pan and cook for another two minutes with the pasta.
  5. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted. Then stir in the cream and heat through for about a minute.
  6. Serve immediately, topped with shredded Parmesan.

More favorite sausage dinners: Sweet Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup [RE], Sausage Gnocchi with Tomato Alfredo Sauce [RE], One Pot Sasuage Pasta [Two Peas and their Pod], Sausage Macaroni & Cheese [Crazy for Crust].

One-Pot Sausage Spaghettini Dinner

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