Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tomato & Spinach Pasta Toss

I received my Kraft Foods e-mail newsletter today.  There was a pasta toss recipe included in the newsletter.  I was going to make it for dinner tonight.  After I read the reviews, I decided maybe I wouldn't fix it.  The one I did make was pretty good.  I didn't follow the recipe...just did my own thing.

I sliced a Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage in pieces and sauted them in some olive oil.  Then I added some yellow bell pepper to that, 2 cans of diced tomatoes and a package of baby spinach...gave it a good toss then added some sliced mushrooms.  I rinsed out one of the cans of diced tomatoes and added that water to the sausage mixture, along with some salt and pepper.  I cooked some rotini pasta and when that was done, I rinsed it then added the sausage mixture to the pasta.  The sausage mixture had been simmering for a few minutes.  Added an Italian blend of 5 different cheese and tossed everything together.  We sprinkled some more of the cheese onto the pasta after we dished up our plates.
The loaf of bread I got has Guyere cheese and black olives baked into the bread.  The bakery at the store sliced it for me.  I buttered a few slices and put them under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the butter and let the edges get a little crispy. 
Along with a simple salad of different kinds of lettuce and Red Wine Vinegar dressing, this was dinner for tonight.  It was very good. 

So here's what you need:
1 package of rotini pasta
1 package of sausage (your choice).  (The actual recipe calls for Italian sausage.  We like smoked sausage or Kilbasa)
1 package of baby spinach leaves
2 cans (14.5 oz) of Italian style diced tomatoes, undrained
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
fresh mushrooms ( I think I used 4 or 5), sliced
Salt & Pepper
Italian blend of cheeses or shredded Mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheeses

Hope you try it. 


  1. Ooooh, I so want some of that pasta action . . . and I just got through eating!

  2. YUMMM....I love the Kraft foods magazine, but haven't been getting it in a while. I am so gonna check into the e newsletter. Glenn is all about making home made pasta these days, so this will be perfect. :o}

  3. Hi Dd...
    There is so much one could do with this dish...I thought I had fresh garlic so didn't get any and then discovered I didn't have any. Fresh garlic would have been good and other kinds of vegetables too. I kept the seasoning simple with just salt & pepper. These go together so quickly too which is great.

    Hey, could even make goes together quickly and so YUM!

  4. ooh that looks yummy and easy!! :P