Last night I decided to try to make a healthier pasta using whole grain pasta. What I came up with was a cream sauce with mushroom pasta. This recipe was delicious! I had my doubts with the whole grain pasta but it didn’t taste any different from regular pasta. I made a mistake though. I wanted to eat 100% wheat pasta but instead I didn’t look carefully and bought this whole grain. It’s not whole wheat (which would have been healthier) but it was still healthier than your normal pasta.
The cream in this sauce mixed with the turkey sausage I added was a perfect combination. Note you can substitute any type of meat in here. This meal was tasty, healthy and fast. A perfect combination on a night you need a quick meal.
- 3 links Italian turkey sausage, casing removed
-1 box whole wheat Farfalle pasta (aka bow tie pasta)
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 small white onion, diced finely
- 1 heaping cup of sliced mushrooms
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- salt & pepper
- grated Parmesan Cheese
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, add Italian sausage and brown.
While sausage is browning, cook pasta according to package directions, strain and set aside.
Once sausage is browned, removed from skilled and set aside.
Add extra virgin olive oil to the large skillet the sausage just came from and reheat to medium-high heat. Add garlic for 2 minutes. Add onion and mushrooms and cook until onion is translucent and softened and mushrooms are slightly browned.
Sprinkle flour over the mushroom mixture. Be sure not to dump it all in at once. Add a little, stir until the flour is absorbed, add a little more flour and stir again. Repeat until flour is incorporated into the mushroom mixture.
Add milk and stir. Allow sauce to come to a boil, but continue to stir so the sauce does not clump up. Add salt and pepper.
Once the sauce is to your desired thickness, add sausage back into the sauce. Stir to combine.
Pour to drained pasta into a large serving bowl, top with spinach, and finally top spinach with the sauce. Toss pasta to combine. The heat from the pasta and the sauce will wilt the spinach.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.