We have some great cooks in our family.
We like to try new recipes and tweak the old ones.
We're always asking each other, "Can I have your recipe?"
So we created a place to share the recipes that others ask for, the experiments that turn out well or the recipes that we fall back on because they're quick and yummy. Some of these recipes are original, some are gleaned from friends and some are blatantly copied from other sources.
All of them have been tested and found delicious.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Firehouse Pasta

This is a recipe that came from Mel.  One day while on bedrest with Caleb (December 2007), I was on the phone with her while she was fixing this for dinner.  Shortly after, she sent me a photo copy of the recipe out of a local newspaper (or possibly a magazine?).  I set it aside and then it was lost.  It resurfaced recently and I was going to fix it tonight, but then no one was going to be home to eat.  I'm posting it here so that (a) I don't lose it again and (b) everyone can enjoy Mel's beloved Firehouse Pasta!

I don't know where this recipe comes from but the article says, "This pasta dish is as good for dinner as it is for a potluck.  That could be because it is from a NY firefighter who prepares it for the crew in White Plains.  Serve with bread and a fruit salad."

AKA: Savory sausage and spinach penne

Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 25 minutes

8 ounces penne pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound sweet sausage, removed from casing
1 pound fresh spinach, small leaves or larger ones torn
1 cup crushed tomatoes
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup dry white wine
¾ cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes or ¼ cup dried sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons Tabasco pepper sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese to taste

In a medium saucepan, cook pasta and set aside.  In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and garlic.  Saute until garlic is lightly browned.  Add crumbled sausage meat, saute for 4 minutes, then push to sides of pan.

Add spinach, saute until tender, about 3 minutes.  Add crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, white wine, sundried tomatoes, basil, Tabasco and let cook 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, add cooked pasta and toss lightly. Salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve warm.

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