Donna's Spinach, Sausage, Mushroom Tomato Pasta

Colorful and flavorful are the two key words to describe this dish. It is a wonderful family meal but could be served for company too.

6 ounces penne pasta, 51% whole grain 2 Italian chicken or turkey sausage links 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 pound sliced mushrooms seasoned salt (e.g. Lawrys) 2 fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 can (15 ounces) seasoned canned tomatoes 1 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning*, to taste 4 cups fresh spinach salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Remove sausage meat from casing and place in a large skillet. Cook over medium-hot heat until brown. Crumble meat. Remove from skillet and set aside. Discard any excess fat leaving a small amount in the skillet. Add onion to skillet and cook until translucent. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add mushrooms to skillet and cook until lightly brown and liquid has cooked away. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Add fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, reserved sausage, reserved onions, and Montreal steak seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and boil gently for 10 - 20 minutes or until flavors have blended. When ready to serve, add spinach and cook just until spinach has welted. Re-warm pasta. Serve sauce over warm pasta in individual serving bowls.

*Other seasonings can be substituted such as Italian seasoning or another brand of seasoned salt.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information per serving:

Calories: 300 Fat, gm.: 6 Protein, gm.: 17 Carbs, gm.: 41 Cholesterol, mg.: 35 Fiber, gm. 7.9

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