We are really smitten with these little pasta rings from Trader Joe's - they are fun to cook and eat! Kids love them too.
We bought a little sausage from our favorite farm vendor at the market - homemade spicy Italian sausage. We also got a few handfuls of fresh spring spinach and some new garlic.
This is a good dish to demonstrate how just a little meat can flavor and deepen a whole dish. You don't need much to make it taste great and be filling.
All of this cooks up in literally 15 minutes, and you can substitute any pasta, ground meat, or greens. Use good cheese too!
Anelletti Pasta with Sausage and Greens
1 pound anelletti pasta from Trader Joe's
1/4 pound Italian or spicy sausage, crumbled
4 cloves garlic, minced
Four big handfuls of seasonal greens like baby spinach or arugula
1/2 cup grated Pamesan cheese
Cook the pasta in salted water. It should cook for just 12-13 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In the same big pot you cooked the pasta in, heat a little olive oil and add the crumbled sausage and garlic. Cook over medium heat until the sausage is cooked through.
Add the greens and cook until barely wilted, then add the pasta and cheese and stir until all is combined and gooey - about two minutes. Serve with extra cheese.
Originally published April 9, 2008.
(Images: Faith Hopler)