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Creamy Italian Sausage and Tomato Pasta


  • 1 lb box of penne or other pasta (454g)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (.5oz, 14g)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb Italian sausage (454g)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped (100g)
  • 15oz can chopped tomatoes (425g)
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (1.5oz, 43g)
  • a large handful of baby spinach (about 2.3oz, 65g), chopped or not
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves (about 1.5oz, 43g), chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


For the pasta:

  1. Boil pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and toss with butter.

For the sauce:

  1. Sauté chopped onion and red pepper in olive oil for about a minute.
  2. Add sausage and cook until brown.
  3. Add minced garlic and chopped sundried tomato and sauté for about a minute.
  4. Add can of chopped tomatoes, bouillon cube, 1/2 cup water, and cook until bubbly.
  5. Add cream and let simmer for about 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in parmesan cheese until melted and turn off heat.
  7. Stir in baby spinach, let rest a minute or two. Stir in chopped basil. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Toss with hot buttered pasta.