Sausage and spinach pasta

“Fine! Then why don’t you prepare the dinner while I’ll do the laundry?” I gave my first born a choice and was dead sure she wasn’t going to take the offer.

“Ok, just tell me what to do”, her quick response.

“I’m serious. You’re own your own.”

And I was. I really meant it, when I said she’d have to do it on her own.

“Eh…” that’s all she said and rose up to the challenge.

Kids these days! They’re so unpredictable.

So not being able to go back on my words, I gave her a quick run down on what was needed and headed out to line dry my clothes.

She looked like she knew what to do and was doing rather well even whilst slicing and chopping the onions. She had tears rolling down her cheeks but defeat was not a factor today. She just rubbed it off and kept at it.

She knew I was sneakily watching her so she put up a splendid show and just kept at it. Was she trying to evoke my motherly instincts? I can’t say for sure but neither of us were ready to throw in the towel.

After she’d finished prepping, I was already done with my chore. Thinking that she would take this opportunity and hand over the cooking to me, I was pleasantly surprised when she came over to know the next steps.

I was smiling, ear to ear, and joyed she was genuinely interested in preparing dinner.

With very little help from me apart from giving the steps on what to do next and guiding her to gauge when it’s time to put the next ingredients, she managed to make a decent pasta.

It was exciting, watching her commentary on how the ingredients were changing and coming together to look like pasta sauce.

Let’s hope this could get her excited to try out more recipes.

If you’re looking for a simple and easy recipe, why not give this a go with your kids. It takes less than 20 minutes to get this done.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large good quality sausages (try to get the fresh ones from your butcher). Cut it into bite size pieces.
  • A bag of spinach
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes, chopped (or a can of tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup water (or more depending how thick you want it to be)
  • 2 tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon butter and olive oil.

Spiral pasta would be the best for this dish but we ran out of it and used spaghetti instead. I reckon you can use any pasta just boil it al-dente,

Method

Bring a large pot if water to boil and cook your pasta according to the instructions.

Heat oil and butter in a deep pot, add onions and garlic. Saute it for a couple of minutes. Then throw in the sausages. Cook for a couple of minutes and then add the tomatoes. Let these tomatoes sweat a little (you should add salt now to speed up the process), add water and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

Then check consistency. Add more water if dry. If too watery, crank up the heat and let it boil without covering it.

Add tomato puree, Italian herbs and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Give it a good stir and taste it. If too sour, add half teaspoon sugar. That should do the trick in cutting out the sourness from tomatoes.

By now your pasta would have cooked. Don’t throw away the water. Instead, fish out the pasta into the pot and throw the spinach into the pasta water. Let it wilt, remove from water, squeeze out as much water as you can and add this to the pasta.

Season with more salt and pepper if necessary. Give it a good stir and serve with shredded parmigiana cheese or parmesan cheese.

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