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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Recipe of the week - September 2 - SBSPS

It's almost fall, and I'm really looking forward to cooking up some yummy heart warming comfort food. Instead of cooking (because it's too early), I'll write up the recipes instead! Enjoy my Recipe of the Week:

SBSPS (Sausage Beans Spinach Pasta stew)

2 tsp Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion, chopped
2 stalks Celery, chopped
2 cloves Garlic
1 lb Turkey Sausage, sliced or crumbled (be brave and go for the hot sausage!)
2 14.5 oz cans Chicken Broth + 2 cans water
28 oz Crushed Tomatoes with juice
30 oz Canneli or Light Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp Salt
1/4 Pepper
1 tbsp Dried Basil
1 tsp All Purpose Seasoning (like Mrs. Dash)
1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1 bag Frozen Spinach

2 cups Hearty dry pasta, like Medium Shells
Grated parmesan or romano cheese

In a large pot or dutch oven, cook the onion, celery and garlic in oil until softened, about 4 minutes. Add sausage, saute until cooked through. Add broth and water, tomatoes with juice and drained, rinsed beans. Add salt, pepper, all purpose seasoning and crushed red pepper then simmer 20 minutes. Add frozen spinach and simmer 20 minutes more or until almost boiling. Add pasta, stir well then cover and let simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water if needed. Turn off burner and let stand 15 minutes. Serve with grated cheese on top. No calories, all comfort.

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