I made this sauce recently for both shell pasta and for a homemade gnocchi. The taste of the delicious sausage, paired with the creaminess of the cannellini beans was divine. It was so easy to make and really worth the effort!
1 lb. Shell Pasta (Medium)
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
½ lb. Sweet Italian Pork Sausage, Casing Removed & Crumbled
½ lb. Hot Italian Pork Sausage, Casing Removed & Crumbled
1 Container Fresh Baby Spinach, Cleaned (approx. 5-6 oz.)
½ Cup Roasted Red Peppers, Sliced
1-15.5oz. Can Cannellini Beans
1 Cup Beef Broth
½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese,
Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions (approx. 8-10 minutes). While pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the crumbled sausage and cook for 6 minutes, until cooked through.
Add the fresh spinach, roasted peppers and cannellini beans to the sauté pan. Saute for approx. 2-3 minutes, until the flavors have combined.
Add the beef broth and cook for approx. 2 minutes, until heated through.
When ready, drain the pasta and add to the sausage and bean mixture. Stir well to combine and heat through. Remove from the heat and add the grated parmesan cheese. Taste and season as desired.