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Seafood Sausage and Spinach Pasta

September 9, 2009
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Seafood Sausage and Spinach Pasta I noticed these seafood sausages in Trader Joes the other day. I was very fascinated and picked them up right away. I like to have some interesting things in my freezer for when I am in a rush.

I was busy packing for our trip and wasn’t planning on cooking- but then the sausages came to mind. I thought I could make a simple pasta using another staple in my freezer- chopped spinach. I think fresh baby spinach will look a lot nicer in this pasta but I didn’t have the time nor inclination to go to the market for fresh ingredients. I did have fresh thyme in my backyard- I added that.

I sauteed the sausages in some olive oil and garlic and then added the frozen spinach. I cooked some spinach and chive linguini- which I also got from Trader Joes- I just love that store. I added the al dente pasta to my pan and topped it with lots of fresh parmigiano reggiano cheese. That’s it- it was that simple.

The dish was delicious, quick and easy. It took me all of 20 minutes to put it together.  I love having such ingredients around to be able to whip up a meal in no time. Now lets see if my husband will notice it has no red sauce!!!

  • 4 seafood sausages, cut into 1 inch rounds
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach or 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Salt
  • ½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated
  • ½ pound pasta- I used spinach and chives linguine, cooked al dente with ½ cup pasta water set aside

In a wide frying pan, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Cook for a minute on medium heat and add the sausages. Brown the sausages on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Add the spinach and thyme and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and the spare pasta water. Mix well and add the cheese and check for seasonings. Add salt and serve.

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8 Comments
Bianca
September 23, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Thanks for posting this…I had a very similar trip to TJ’s the other day and I have been scouring the internet looking for a way to prepare and serve the seafood sausage. Everything I come across suggests serving it alone or with a buerre blanc sauce. I have all of these ingredients so I’m going to try this tomorrow night! I’d be interested to know how you liked the finished product but it looks very yummy!

September 23, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Actually everyone enjoyed the finished product- a very successful recipe indeed.
Good luck!

Lynn
January 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Fortuitous! I just came back from TJ’s with the seafood sausages. I couldn’t resist!! Have you tried their lobster ravioli? I serve it with their langostino tails in a light lemon sauce. Fabulous also. LOVE the place!! Thanks for the recipe; just in time!!

January 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I have tried their lobster ravioli- it is very good. Will try serving it your way- thanks.

Andrea
January 18, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Try sauteing it with garlic and olive oil then add tj’s arrabiatta sauce then add 1 cup cream cheese or vegan cream cheese if you are lactose intolerant like me add to rigatoni and top with fresh basil

Terry
February 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Tried the sausages last night – thawed them in the frige, first and cooked them in our panini-type grill.

Placed one in a mini baguette roll; first bite left me wondering how to enhance the flavor…after a moment, grabbed the wasabi mayo (also from TJ’s) and spread a thin layer on the roll.

Very Delicious!

I’d deffinitely do that again…

April 12, 2011 at 11:27 AM

I found you in my search for seafood sausages. This recipe sounds delicious. We do have a local Trader Joe’s, but I’ve never noticed the sausages. I will be on the lookout for them.

Thank you.
Annis

Leah
August 1, 2011 at 9:44 PM

I searched for seafood sausages and found your recipe! Amazing! I didn’t have any spinach on hand, so I used mushrooms instead, and instead of thyme I put in some Italian spices and some lemon pepper and lemon juice. It was delicious! I never thought I would say this, but I will definitely buy seafood sausage again.

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