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Dinner Tonight: Italian Sausage and Spinach Pasta

This heavy, filling one-pot meal actually began with a big bag of spinach I scored at a farmer's market in Chicago. I wanted a quick meal that would properly show off the green find. Since I always seem to have pasta around, I started there and somehow came across this recipe in the Boston Globe that pairs spinach with spicy Italian sausage, cooks the pasta in a whole lot of chicken stock, and finishes it with half and half! Light spring fare this is not.

I'm not sure why I wanted such a heavy meal, but I must have been eating too many salads because I destroyed this sucker in a matter of minutes and enjoyed every bite. The spicy sausage balanced the creamy sauce, and the spinach made it seem not quite as fatty as it probably was.

About the only thing I would change next time is the chunks of Italian sausage—I wish they were broken apart so I could have gotten that flavor in every bite. As it stood there were big chunks of sausage mixed in that I had to eat separately from the noodles. Other than that, this is perfect for those that want something filling for dinner without too much hassle.

About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is a freelance writer in Chicago and the co-founder of The Paupered Chef.

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