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Orecchietti with Sausages and Spinach

Orecchietti with Sausages and Spinach by 2sistersrecipes.com

Orecchietti with Sausages and Spinach. We all love simplicity, so making dinner as quick and easy as possible is always one of our goals.  This is an example of one of those dishes that comes together in less than 30 minutes!  A bonus feature is that it contains carbs, protein and veggies – all in one delicious dish!  My favorite!

Orecchietti pasta (in Italian, it means “little ears”) is tossed in a skillet with crumbled sausages, fresh cherry tomatoes, white wine, garlic and fresh spinach. Topped with grated pecorino cheese to give this dish a burst more flavor!

 

Orecchietti with sausages and spinach is a common dish and one our mom usually makes with broccoli rabe.  However, my family prefers this pasta dish with spinach.  Spinach is sweeter and adds a softer texture to this pasta dish.

 

Mom always bought her sausages from her local butcher in links, rather than purchasing the prepackaged crumbled sausage at the supermarket.  Nowadays, you can easily find crumbled sausage at your local supermarket.

 

How to Make Orecchietti with Sausages and Spinach:

First, start by sauteing some garlic with olive oil in a skillet, on stove-top.

Next,  remove the casings from the links, about 4 links, (save the others for another recipe) and add the crumbled sausage to the skillet.  Cook it until it’s fully cooked, about 5 minutes.

If you have been following us here at 2SR then you’ll know we always cook with wine, and of course, that goes in too!

Toss in cherry tomatoes and fresh spinach.  And finally, toss in the cooked pasta, grated cheese and serve!

I took our mom’s recipe and simplified it with spinach, which goes in fresh, not sauteed beforehand. One step less, making this dish so much quicker!

Orecchietti with sausages and spinach incorporates all fresh ingredients in a flavorful, mouth-watering dish that is healthy to eat and easy to prepare and colorful too!  I love making dishes like this one!

You’ll have to try this recipe!  🙂

Cheers and enjoy!

 

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Ingredients for Orecchietti with Sausages and Spinach:

  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil – divided

  • 4 links of Italian sausage, removed from castings, crumbled

  • 6 garlic cloves- sliced

  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 cup white wine

  • 8 to 10 cherry tomatoes- sliced

  • 3 cups packed baby spinach

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 pound (8-ounces)  Orecchietti pasta

  • 2 Tbsp. grated pecorino cheese, and extra for serving

In a large, deep skillet, on medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Add the garlic and crumbled sausage.

 

 

Cook until sausage is brown and fully cooked, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Stir in the pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minutes with the sausage.
Pour in white wine and cherry tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer for 2 minutes, until the cherry tomatoes have softened.

Stir in the 2nd tablespoon of olive oil, then add in the spinach.  Stir until the spinach wilts.  Turn off the heat and set aside.

 

 

Meantime, bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add 1 teaspoon of salt to water and add in the Orecchietti pasta.  Cook the orecchietti until they are al-dente.  Reserve 1/4 cup of salty water.  Drain the pasta.

Transfer orecchietti pasta to the skillet with sausage mixture. Slowly add in the reserved pasta water. Turn the heat back onto low heat, and sauté while stirring everything until well combined, about 1 minute.  Remove pan from heat.

 

Stir in 2 tablespoons of grated pecorino cheese.  Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to serving plates and serve.

Serves 4

 

 

Orecchietti with Sausages and Spinach by 2sistersrecipes.com,

 

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Orecchietti with Sausages and Spinach
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Orecchietti pasta (in Italian, it means "little ears") is tossed in a skillet with crumbled sausages, fresh cherry tomatoes, white wine, garlic and fresh spinach. Topped with grated pecorino cheese to give this dish a burst more flavor!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil - divided
  • 4 links of Italian sausage, removed from castings, crumbled
  • 6 garlic cloves- sliced
  • ⅛ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 8 to 10 cherry tomatoes- sliced
  • 3 cups packed baby spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ pound of Orecchietti pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. grated pecorino cheese, and extra for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large, deep skillet, on medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and crumbled sausage.
  2. Cook until sausage is brown and fully cooked, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minutes with the sausage.
  4. Pour in white wine and cherry tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 2 minutes, until the cherry tomatoes have softened.
  5. Stir in the 2nd tablespoon of olive oil, then add in the spinach. Stir until the spinach wilts. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  6. Meantime, bring a large pot of water to boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to water and add in the Orecchietti pasta. Cook the orecchietti until they are al-dente. Reserve ¼ cup of salty water. Drain the pasta.
  7. Transfer orecchietti pasta to the skillet with sausage mixture. Slowly add in the reserved pasta water. Turn the heat back onto low heat, and sauté while stirring everything until well combined, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat.
  8. Stir in 2 tablespoons of grated pecorino cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to serving plates and serve.
  9. Serves 4

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 329
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.3g 17%
Saturated Fat 2.9g 15%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 38.5g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1.9g 7%
Total Sugars 0.6g
Protein 12.8g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 126mg 10%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 605mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    April 27, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    This looks wonderful and I like your choice of spinach instead of broccoli rabe! Pinning to my Pasta board! Thank you, Ladies 🙂

    • Reply
      annaliz
      April 30, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      HI Sue! We found that kids prefer spinach over broccoli rabe, so this appeals to the littles as well. Thank you for pinning to your pasta board!
      xoxo Anna

  • Reply
    Sally
    August 16, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Absolutely delicious and quick and easy to make! Love this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 16, 2019 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you Sally!! So glad to hear you had a positive outcome! Thanks again!

  • Reply
    Donna
    November 18, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    can I get the nutritional values for this recipe? It was delicious!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      November 18, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      I would be happy to get those for you! I will add it to this post in a few minutes! thanks for leaving a sweet comment!

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