Fast & Easy Summer Pasta
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Serves: 2 servings
  • 1 c pasta
  • 1 tb regular olive oil
  • 2-4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 ts dried/rubbed basil
  • 1 ts dried/rubbed red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 sliced chicken sausages
  • Half pint of grape tomatoes
  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • ¼-1/2 c reserved pasta water
  • 1 tb extra virgin olive oil
  • Chopped flat leaf parsley garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a pot, cook pasta in salted water to al dente. Mine took about 8-9 minutes.
  2. In a pan, heat the olive oil with the garlic, basil and pepper flakes or medium. Move it around so it doesn't burn.
  3. The sausage and tomatoes are ready to add when the garlic gets a bit golden and crispy and the oil becomes aromatic. Keep your eye on it so it doesn't burn {which can happen quickly}.
  4. When the tomatoes begun to open up, turn off the heat and add in the spinach. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Stir in the pasta.
  6. Finish off with salt and pepper, the reserved pasta water, extra virgin olive oil and parsley.
Recipe by The Squishy Monster at