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Gemelli with Sweet Sausage and Spinach

This hearty dish is an unforgettable combination of pasta, sausage and vegetable.

Prep Time

    •    Prep and cook time: 30 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


    •    salt
    •    2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
    •    1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
    •    3/4 pound gemelli or penne
    •    1/2 pint red grape tomatoes
    •    2 cups coarsely chopped baby spinach
    •    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    •    1 pound sweet Italian sausages, casings removed
    •    1 large onion, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the gemelli until just al dente. Drain the gemelli, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the sausage and crushed red pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with the back of a spoon, until no trace of pink remains, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and tomatoes and cook just until softened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the gemelli and the reserved cooking water to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, lightly crushing the tomatoes, until heated through, about 2 minutes; season with salt. Transfer the pasta to bowls, sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve.

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