Thursday, August 13, 2015

DIY Hamburger Helper: Italian Style

As a kid, the one night I dreaded dinner was Hamburger Helper night. Sorry HH fans...I just can't. I'm a firm believer that a box of HH could feed one or two people tops. I think you're better off fixing a copycat like this one because you can make so much more (and easily double the recipe) and it tastes leaps and bounds better. This recipe was easily a keeper because it had spinach with it and we looooove spinach or kale in pasta dishes!

A side note: I am working on writing the recipe directions and ingredients more clearly. I stumbled upon an article (I don't have the link, unfortunately) and realized how lazy I've been with them. So hopefully, the recipes will be easier to read and follow. :)

What you need:
  • 12 oz. rotini pasta
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. dried minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 can (14 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, plus some
  1. Brown and crumble the Italian sausage in a large, deep skillet. Drain, if needed.
  2. Add diced tomatoes (with juices), minced onion, garlic, parsley, oregano, and basil. Stir.
  3. Then add 1 can of tomato sauce, stir, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  5. Add spinach and 1 to 2 Tbsp. milk to sauce. Stir and cook until spinach has wilted.
  6. Add cooked pasta to sauce and stir.
  7. Top with 1/2 cup cheese and let melt. Serve topped with additional cheese, if desired.


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