Pesto Spinach Pasta Bowls

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These pesto spinach pasta bowls are the perfect go to dish for days when you’d like something quick, light and delicious. I took some ziti pasta and tossed it in a garlic sherry wine reduction. Added some smooth, creamy mascarpone cheese and pesto, then loaded it with Chicken Sausage, Spinach, Red Peppers, Mushrooms & Asparagus. Lastly, I topped it with some fresh grated parmesan cheese and basil leaves. In less than 30 minutes I was able to deliver this flavorful dish of awesomeness! Hope you guys love this recipe as much as my family and I did!

Jamiah XOXO

 

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Pesto Spinach Pasta Bowls

Ingredients
1 lb. Ground Italian Chicken Sausage
1 lb. Box of Ziti Pasta
1 cup Sliced Mushrooms
1/2 Red Pepper, julienned sliced
1 Cup of fresh spinach leaves
1 Cup Basil Pesto
10 Asparagus Sticks, cut in half
2 cloves of Garlic, minced
8 0z Mascarpone Cheese
1 Tb unsalted Butter
1/2 cup Sherry Cooking Wine
1/4 cup of Fresh grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  1. Cook Pasta according to package directions
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan.
  3. In the same pan, Add the chicken Sausage and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Add the red peppers, cook for about 1 minute, add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, stirring with a spoon the whole time.
  4. Add the Sherry wine and let reduce by half, about 2-5 mins.
  5. Toss in the pasta.
  6. Stir in the Mascarpone Cheese, when melted and covers the pasta add the pesto. When adding the pesto make sure it’s being mixed well into the pasta.
  7. Add the cooked chicken sausage, mushrooms, asparagus and spinach. Let Cook for about a minute or until the spinach is wilted.
  8. Top with fresh Basil and grated Parmesan Cheese.
  9. Serve and Enjoy.

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