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Penne with Sausage, Feta, and Spinach

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Servings: 6          Prep Time: 10 min.          Cook Time: 20 min.
We use chicken sausage in this dish. It is a little less spicy and a little more nutritious. You can usually find different flavors of chicken sausage in your grocery store. You can also substitute regular Italian sausage or turkey Italian sausage.
 

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

• 1 box penne rigate, dry
• 1 package(s) chicken sausage (Italian)
• 1/2 cup(s) kalamata olives, pitted, drained
• 1/2 cup(s) feta cheese, crumbled
• 1 bag baby spinach
• 1 pint(s) grape tomatoes, halved
• 2 oz pine nuts
• 1 tbsp oregano
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1. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high. Slice chicken sausage into thin circles (about 1/2 inch thick). Saute until browned and cooked through.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add spinach to boiling water right before draining. Drain pasta and spinach.
3. While pasta and sausage are cooking, toast pine nuts in a dry skillet until browned.
4. Toss pasta and spinach with sausage, olives, tomatoes, feta and pine nuts. Drizzle with a little olive oil if needed. Sprinkle with oregano and serve.
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Note: If you want to save a few dollars, skip the pine nuts.
Suggested Side:  flat bread
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Recipe Comments

Kelli E. at 7/22/2008 12:28:02 PM
A great way to use those fresh tomatos from the garden! I substituted parmesan for the feta, and fresh chopped basil for the oregano (just what I happened to already have on hand)... and this was a fantastic meal. It was a tad bit salty for my taste. I loved it, but felt like I needed a lot of water! I think I will use sliced black olives next time to see if that helps.
Robin J. at 8/16/2009 9:32:40 PM
This dish would be perfect for summertime and is easily increased for many servings! I loved the feta and olives - two of my favorites! It was easy to pull out pasta and sausage for the kids if they don't like all the extras that you stir in!
Joanne at 8/26/2010 1:34:51 PM
I loved this! My picky roomie liked it minus olives and using parm in hers. Super easy after a long day at work, thanks.
Meredith at 10/4/2010 12:38:06 PM
MMMMmmmmm! I added assorted peppers to this recipe and just used the regular chicken that I had on hand. It was super yummy! I was skeptical to use the whole bag of spinach but have since learned my lesson. The feta and olives give an extra depth of flavor. Yum!
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