Saturday, May 19, 2012

Stars, Spinach and Sausage Stew

Stars, Spinach and Sausage Stew
Recipe adapted from Woman’s Day
Makes 4 servings

1 tbsp olive oil
3 links Hot Italian turkey sausage
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup dry white wine (chardonnay)
2 cups chicken broth
5 oz. pasta stars
1 can white beans, rinsed
Black pepper to taste
1 5-oz. bag spinach, fresh
8 tsp/20 grams Sargento grated parmesan cheese, divided

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add wine and simmer, scraping up any brown bits, for 1 minute. Add broth and pasta; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the pasta is just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add beans, sausage and a pinch of pepper and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add spinach, stirring gently until it begins to wilt. Top with cheese.

Nutritional information: 412 calories, 46 carbs, 13 fat grams and 27 protein grams. 

Review: Yum! This dish had great flavor and lots of protein. Loved using the stars, and the spicy sausage gave it a nice flavor. The spinach added a lot of nutrients, but it definitely didn't taste 'spinachy.' 

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