Posted by: Kelsey Avers | October 1, 2010

Pasta Recipe: “1/2 Packaged” Spinach and Sausage Alfredo for 1

Frozen, packaged pasta is boring.
I’m talking about the ones sold in stores that are simply just noodles and sauce; no veggies, meat, anything.
But the “pro” to these packages is that they’re quick to cook, and are extremely simple to add whatever ingredients to them your heart desires (well, and what your fridge is carrying at the time…).

Case in point: Packaged Fettuccine Alfredo.
It’s frozen, it’s boring, and it could use some sprucing up! And that’s just what sausage and spinach can do.

Serving Size: 1
Cook time: 10-20 minutes (varies depends on how you prefer to cook your sausage link(s).

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– 1/2 package of frozen fettuccine Alfredo (if you want this recipe to serve 2 people, use the entire package, and use your desired amount of spinach and sausage slices.)
– Frozen spinach, thawed and cooked
– Sausage links (amount is based on how many you would like to serve, the kind is based on what kind of sausage you like! I used one link of Sweet Italian Sausage.)

– Begin cooking packaged fettuccine per the directions on the package. In this case, the package called for one tablespoon of water to cook with the pasta bundles and sauce “chips.”
– While your fettucini is cooking, begin cooking your sausage link(s) in whichever way you desire. (Most likely you won’t have a grill in your dorm room, and obviously neither do I, so I either broil my sausage or pan-cook it until fully cooked.)
– Take this opportunity to thaw your spinach, if there is space. If not, don’t worry. You can always do it last minute.
– Once your pasta is fully cooked, lower the heat (if you have an electric stove, it’d be best to remove it from the coils until they cool)
– This is where the fun happens:

–> In the pan where you’ve cooked your pasta, mix in the spinach.
–> In a bowl or on a plate, top your cooked fettuccine Alfredo with your cooked sausage and spinach. Top with a bit of Parmesan cheese. Feel free to add mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, and anything else you have in your fridge or pantry that can take away that boring, frozen pasta taste and produce a great dish.


Complete this recipe with some garlic bread and a nice salad, and you’ve got gourmet Italian right at home!


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