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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Bow-Tie Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage





Bow-Tie Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage

Courtesy of Station 1 Firefighter Rich


  • 1 pound Italian chicken sausage
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 8 ounces bow-tie shaped pasta
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 1 tblsp white vinegar
  • salt, black pepper, and red chili flakes to taste


  1. Brown Italian chicken sausage in a large heavy skillet, breaking sausage up with spatula.
  2. Remove browned Italian sausage to paper towels to drain.
  3. Drain off all but about a tablespoon of the sausage drippings; sauté onions and red peppers until soft; add minced garlic and sauté for another minute.
  4. Return Italian sausage to skillet salt, pepper, and red chili flakes. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Cook bow-tie pasta according to package instructions until done; drain and place on serving platter.
  6. Add basil and spinach to Italian sausage skillet; cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Add Italian sausage skillet mix with bow-tie pasta and spoon olive oil and vinegar over mix.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Toss lightly and serve.


Check out Portland Fire & Rescue's previous Firehouse Recipes of the Week:


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  October 7, 2010



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