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Penne Nostra with Sausage & Mushrooms-linkClassic Italian flavour in a quick to prepare meal you and your family can enjoy any night of the week.

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.  Makes: 6 servings

2-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
17 oz pkg Italian sausage, casings removed
8 oz pkg mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz spinach
1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, and mushrooms in oil over medium heat until sausage is cooked through and browned (NOTE: Use a heavy spoon or fork to crumble the sausage while it is cooking). Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add spinach and cook just until wilted, about 2 minutes.

3. Add the stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings; heat through.

4. Drain pasta; toss with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with grated cheese if desired.