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Speed dating

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

This weekend I was all by myself again. Jeff headed home Friday to visit his mom and sister but I had some personal things that needed tending too. He didn’t leave until late that night, so while we didn’t have our regularly scheduled date, we had a speed date of sorts.

I don’t know why, but Italian dinners with red wine and candlelight always remind me of date night.


I love that movie. Almost as much as I love my pasta. Throwing together a great pasta dish is a piece of cake. On Friday, I asked Jeff what he wanted for dinner and he requested something with portobello mushrooms.

In the a sauce pot went a cup of low-sodium chicken broth, Al Fresco Roasted Pepper & Asiago Chicken Sausage, portobello mushrooms and spinach. While that cooked the pasta boiled and we had dinner on the table in just 20 minutes. Now most people prefer parmesean cheese as there topping, but since this wasn’t a red sauce I wanted something creamy and ricotta fit the bill. I loved this dish. Simple but special. You don’t need to spend cheapest electronic cigarette an evening in the kitchen to have a great meal.

Simple Sausage, Spinach and Portobello Pasta

  • 1 pound short pasta (I used gemelli)
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound chicken Italian-style sausage, casings removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 portobello caps, chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 5 ounces spinach
  • Pinch dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Heat the chicken broth in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up into pieces with a spoon, about 7 minutes (if you’re using uncooked sausage this will take twice the time). Add the garlic, portobello mushrooms, spinach and red pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, when the cooking water is boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, this can take between 8 and 12 minutes depending on the type of pasta. Strain the pasta.

Add the pasta to the saucepan. Stir in the Parmesan and serve immediately.


What’s your favorite quick meal?