Vic’s Tricks To…Sausage & Spinach “Pasta” Sauce

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by Vic’s Tricks To...
4 servings
20 min

I found myself in a very familiar yet difficult situation the other night…

I had a bunch of crap in my fridge, but no idea what to make.

I mean, who can relate? I feel like this happens to me alllll the time.

The safest thing you can do in this scenario is cook up a bunch of stuff, add some liquid of some form, and make a quick sauce. Then you can top it over pasta or rice or zoodles or whatever and you’re good to go.

Follow me on this journey as I walk you through the latest 20 Min or Less meal...

For this go-around, I had: sausage, spinach, cauliflower, canned tomatoes, shredded cheese, and cream cheese.

Vic Trick: I’m pretty lucky I had the cream cheese on hand to give it some creaminess, but butter would have also worked just fine.

You can pretty much take the approach I’m about to lay out for any of these “throw things together meals.” The formula is:

Brown meat first > Saute veggies > add cream/broth > add “starch” > add cheese

I’m telling you, that’s it. Super simple once you break it down like that, huh?

BTW – when I say “starch” I mean any form of pasta, rice, potato, or veggie. For instance, I used cauliflower rice here.

I’ll walk you through this specific example below, but don’t forget the formula!

Preheat oven to 450° and roast cauliflower until it gets nice and tender.

Remove sausage from the casing and break up in a cast iron pan over medium high heat, until all the sausage is browned.

Add in the spinach and saute until wilted, about 2 minutes. Then, add the entire can of tomatoes and let it simmer in the pan for another 4 minutes.

Add in the cream cheese (or heavy cream or chicken broth would both work fine too). Let it melt and combine with the tomato juice and form a nice delicious creamy sauce.

Add in the cauliflower rice (or “starch” of your choosing) and mix it all together, getting the sauce nice and dispersed throughout.

Top with cheese and throw it under the broiler until nice and melty and delicious. Scoop into bowls and enjoy!

Happy Eating!

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Vic’s Tricks To…Sausage & Spinach “Pasta” Sauce
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 bag fresh spinach (8 or 9 oz usually)
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese or heavy cream or butter
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped or any “starch” like pasta, rice, or zoodles (about 2 cups cauliflower or 1 lb of pasta)

Preheat oven to 450° and roast cauliflower until tender, about 15 mins
While the cauliflower roasts, cook the sausage by removing from the casing, breaking into small chunks, and browning in a large cast iron skillet
Add spinach until wilted, then add tomatoes and let simmer for 4 minutes or so
Add in cream cheese or cream or butter and let melt to combine into a nice creamy sauce
Add your starch into the sauce and mix to combine then top with cheese and broil in the oven until melty
Then scoop into bowls and enjoy!
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  • Judith Judith on Mar 07, 2022 how many ounces of sausage

    how big bag sausage how big can tomatoes

    how many ounces of cauliflower if frozen How many ounces of pasta how many ounces of cooked/raw rice and how many ounces of zoodles