ONE POT PASTA



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Pasta. Oh, how I love pasta but what I love even more is pasta with vegetables and protein all in one pot. Whoever thought of that is a genius!



Pasta is great quick fix as I normally pack it with ton of greens, veggies and some type of protein. I like to use the 50%, 25% and 25% rule. Meaning 50% of my dish is veggies, 25% is protein, and the rest 25% is the actual pasta. It keeps me in check as far as eating right and always turns out scrumptious 🙂

I used chicken sausage with spinach and roasted red peppers and orzo pasta but Italian sausage and any type of pasta would work well.  Plus did I say that this beauty only takes 30 min?!

So eat some pasta tonight.




INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 lb. Spinach and Red Pepper Chicken Sausages or Italian Sausages, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 oz. baby petite white mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 (7 oz.) bag baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper




INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small pasta pot bring water to a boil and cook orzo according to package directions. Rinse orzo under cold water and set aside.
  2. In a large saute pan, over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and fry the sausage for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through, breaking up into pieces. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Use 1 teaspoon of the pan dripping and 2 teaspoon coconut oil to saute onion and bell pepper over medium heat for 5 minutes or until soft.
  4. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
  6. Add spinach, sausage, and orzo to the pan. Stir until spinach wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.



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 Prep Time : 7 mins  Cook Time : 30 mins  Total Time : 37 mins  Yield : 4-6