A common thread among a lot of easy weeknight dinners is that they usually have four main components: pasta, meat, veggies and sauce. Using those four main components and switching up the ingredients leads to an endless list of dinner possibilities. So many, in fact, that you might not ever have to eat the same combo twice.
I love those kind of dinners and this is one of my favorite versions...
Chicken Sausage & Veggie Pasta Toss
Serves 2 (with some leftovers)
1/2 package of spaghetti
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
juice from half of a lemon
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
pepper, to taste
Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.
While the spaghetti is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the sausage, breaking it up into small pieces, until it is almost cooked through. Add in the spinach and cook until it starts to wilt. Add in the peppers and cook another 4-5 minutes. Add in the herbs and stir to combine.
Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet with the sausage and veggies. Toss it all together. Drop in the butter and continue to toss until it has melted and coated the spaghetti. Add the lemon juice and toss again. Finally, add in the Parmesan cheese and give it one more final toss just until the cheese melt. Season with pepper, to taste.
Serve with the mozzarella cheese sprinkled over the top.