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Thursday, April 28, 2016

CHICKEN SAUSAGE PASTA WITH SPINACH






INGREDIENTS
  • 2 packages of chicken sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons cajun seasoning*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 ts of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 bag of fresh spinach with a rough chop(just cut into smaller pieces)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded italian blend cheese
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Season chicken with one teaspoon Cajun seasoning; set aside.
  2. In a 12" pan or skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken to pan and cook until brown on both sides. Stir in garlic ,onion powder and nutmeg and cook one additional minute. Add uncooked pasta, chicken broth, water,  remaining Cajun seasoning (use one teaspoon if you want mild Cajun flavor or the remaining two teaspoons if you want full Cajun flavor). Stir then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 22 minutes. Uncover and cook until almost all of the liquid is absorbed, when there is just a little water left in the pan. turn to low heat, stir in cream cheese , italian heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. stir in  fresh spinach and let it sit 5 minutes, until the spinach wilts..
 make your own cajun seasoning
*You can make your own homemade Cajun seasoning by adding the following ingredients; 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon oregano, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes.

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