I also cook our pasta separate. While Joe is still eating regular white pasta, I've switched to whole grain varieties. For Joe, I'll usually make a large pot of pasta to keep in the fridge for quick meals or lunches. For me, pasta is a weakness and I just pile it onto my dish without thinking, so I weigh out a portion of dry pasta and only cook that single portion for myself to help keep me from over eating. Normally, I eat two ounces of pasta, but for this meal I served three ounces.
Sausage & Peppers over Pasta
- 1 tsp. olive oil, divided
- 5 mini bell peppers, sliced into rings
- 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
- 1 cup spinach
- 3 basil leaves, torn
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
- 1/2 Al Fresco All Natural Roasted Red Pepper Asiago Chicken Sausage, sliced into small bits
- 3 oz. Whole Wheat Linguine, dry
- Begin cooking pasta as directed on package, reserve 1/4 cup the cooking water before draining.
- Cook peppers and onions over medium heat in 1/2 tsp. hot oil until they starts to get tender.
- Stir in spinach and basil. When it starts to wilt, add in the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, cook for about a minute longer then remove the veggies from the pan and set aside.
- Add the other 1/2 tsp. of olive oil to the pan and brown the sausage a bit.
- Add the veggies back to the pan and stir in the reserved cooking water from the pasta, stir well and cook for a minute longer.
- Serve over pasta.
- This is a delicious, low PointsPlus value meal. (2 pts. for the sausage)
- While this is a hearty portion, you could probably split this into two servings if you are looking for a lighter meal or serving a salad on the side.
- I didn't use a lot of oil in this dish. I hate using my "indulgence points" for oils, so I keep my daily oil at the 2 tsp. recommended healthy oils. If you've already used your recommended oils or are following the PointsPlus program, be sure to calculate points for the oil.
- To eliminate points completely (when following Simply Filling) use water instead of oil to cook your vegetables. Also, skip the sausage and use a lean meat (like chicken, turkey or pork) to keep it point free. Of course, this dish would also be delicious meat-free!