Sausage and Penne

This is one of our favorite weeknight dishes. I make it at least once a week. It's fast, cheap, and tastes pretty darn good!


1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
3 large garlic cloves , minced
4 cups chicken broth
8 ounces penne pasta
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
6 ounces baby spinach, torn into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup pine nuts , toasted


1. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet add sausage, breaking it up with a spoon, and cook until lightly browned. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Stir in broth, penne, sun-dried tomatoes, and ½ teaspoon salt. Increase heat to high and cook, stirring often, until penne is tender and liquid has thickened, 15 to 18 minutes.

3. Stir in spinach, handful at a time, cover and cook until wilted. Off heat, stir in Parmesan and pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

adapted from Cooks Illustrated