Healthy and Hearty Pasta of the Month - Orecchiette with Sausage

Healthy and Hearty Pasta of the Month - Orecchiette with Sausage

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AkImAugYY1c/US5EKEAuVqI/AAAAAAAACWw/qTFJjMeSzyA/s400/febfood2013+001.jpg" width="400" //divibr //ii Usually, healthy in the eating arena means a stick of carrot or celery.  Hearty describes a soup or stew!  But, when you can attest to losing weight while eating delicious pasta that is healthy and hearty,  I'll be the first one to "belly up" to the table./ibr /ibr //iiTrust me on this one....Instead of using olive oil, this recipe called for chicken broth.  You can also use kale or chard, but I used spinach.  With the addition of fennel seeds, red chili flakes, garlic and mushrooms, I transformed this, otherwise bland recipe, into a quilt free feast!/ibr /ibr //iibOrecchiette with Sausage/b/ibr /ibbr //b/ii2 cups orecchiette, little hat or ear shaped pasta/ibr /ibr //iilarge pot of boiling salted water/ibr /ibr //iiabout 4 links of sweet or hot Italian sausage (I used sweet but added red chili flakes for heat and spice)/ibr /ibr //ii5-6 mushrooms, sliced/ibr /ibr //ii3 garlic cloves, chopped/ibr /ibr //ii1 tsp red chili flakes/ibr /ibr //ii1 tsp fennel seeds/ibr /ibr //ii2-3 cups fresh spinach, chopped/ibr /ibr //ii1 cup fat free chicken broth/ibr /ibr //ii1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated/ibr /ibr //iibr //iiMethod:/ibr /ibr //iiCook the pasta in the boiling water according to the direction./ibr /ibr //iiWhile the pasta is cooking, place the sausage which has been removed from the casing into a large skillet.  On medium heat brown and break up with a wooden spoon as you go.  Add the mushrooms, garlic, chili flakes, fennel seeds and spinach.  Stir until spinach is limp, for a few minutes./ibr /ibr //iiAdd the broth, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan to loosen all that flavor.  Cover and reduce the heat, cooking for a few more minutes (2-3).  Drain the pasta, add to the skillet and stir until mixed well./ibr /ibr //iiThis serves 4 servings of 1 1/2 cups each.  Sprinkle a bit  (1/8 cup) of Parmesan for one serving.  Enjoy!/ibr /ibr //iibbr //b/iibbr //b/i

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