Italian Sausage, Spinach, and Artichoke Pasta Bake
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Italian Sausage, Pasta Bake, Spinach
13 x 9 casserole
1/2lbItalian SausageSweet or Spicy, removed from casings and crumbled into ~ ½ to 1-inch pieces
½cupdiced sweet onion
3cupschopped crimini mushrooms
114 oz. canquartered canned artichokesdrained
6oz.fresh baby spinach
1lb.orrechetti pastathey look like hats!
1Tbsp.extra virgin olive oil
1-1/2cupschicken brothif using canned use reduced sodium
8oz.grated Fontinella cheese
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 13 x 9 casserole dish and set aside.
In a large sauté pan, cook sausage over medium heat until browned and cooked through. Remove from pan.
1/2 lb Italian Sausage
Add onions to the pan and cook ~ 3 minutes. Add garlic after about a minute.
½ cup diced sweet onion, 1 tsp. minced garlic
Add mushrooms to the pan and continue cooking until mushrooms and onions are softened.
3 cups chopped crimini mushrooms
Add artichokes and spinach and cook until spinach is cooked down. Add sausage back to pan and stir in basil.
1 14 oz. can quartered canned artichokes, 6 oz. fresh baby spinach, ½ tsp. dried basil
Now to make the roux: In a medium sauté pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add olive oil and gradually whisk in flour. Continue whisking for 3 minutes over medium-low heat. (Mixture should be just slightly boiling)
3 Tbsp. butter, 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup flour
Gradually whisk in white wine, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Very gradually whisk in chicken broth and continue whisking until thin and smooth.
½ cup white wine, 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
Cook over medium heat until thickened and then stir in cheese and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg.
8 oz. grated Fontinella cheese, ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
Meanwhile, boil pasta for 10 minutes. Drain and place in a large casserole dish. Cover the pasta with ½ of the cheese sauce and stir to cover. Mix in sausage and spinach mixture and combine well. Add the remaining cheese sauce and toss well.
1 lb. orrechetti pasta
Place in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbling.
To save time you can use 2 cups of a jarred Alfredo sauce instead of making your own cheese sauce.
Want meatless? Skip the sausage and add cannellini beans or peas to the mix instead!