Tuesday, February 25, 2014

-the Italian wONEderpot-

Today, I bring to you a stockpot full of amazingness:

adapted from this recipe.
It is wonderfully, deliciously spicy and makes the perfect one-pot meal {hence the name}.

Let's get started, shall we?

- one 19oz package (or 5 links) of HOT Italian sausage
- one medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
- White wine, a generous drizzle - I used about 1/4 cup
- one 10oz. package of frozen spinach
- 4 cups of vegetable broth, +2 cups of water
- one 28oz. can of diced tomatoes, not drained
- 16oz. of fettuccine noodles
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 Tbsp of dried basil
- 1/2 Tbsp of dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes
- freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- Olive oil

What you'll need:
One large stockpot.

How to:
- Throw the stockpot on the stove and get it heated up (set burner to med-high)
- Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to the stockpot.
- Remove casings from the sausage & crumble into the hot pot. I literally just cut an opening on one end of the sausage and squeezed out the meat in chunks from the casing. Sounds weird, but it works!
- Allow sausage to brown just a bit, and then add in the sliced onion.
- Cook until the sausage is completely browned/cooked and the onion is tender/translucent.
- Drizzle in some of the white wine & allow to cook down. This will deglaze the pot, aka get up all of those yummy bits of sausage/onion juice/morsels that are stuck on the bottom. *use of wine is optional*
- Throw in the block of frozen spinach & as it thaws, pull apart and stir into the rest of the mixture until it thaws completely.
- Stir in the vegetable broth with the water, tomatoes, fettuccine (broken in half), basil, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes, another splash of the white wine, and black pepper.
- Cover the mixture to bring it to a rolling boil.
- Turn the heat down to medium (keep at a boil), uncover, & cook 10-15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated & the pasta is tender/cooked.
- You're done! That's it!
- Bask in the glory of the one pot meal that you just created and the pile of dishes/pots/pans that you did not.
- Enjoy!

We topped ours with fresh basil leaves and some shredded Parmesan cheese. We also soaked up all of the juicy goodness at the bottom of the bowl with some garlic bread. Also, also: we had leftovers for daysss. But, in reality, this probably makes about 6-8 adult, dinner-sized portions.

There you have it!
So easy. So tasty. So worth giving it a shot.
You're welcome. ;)


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