- 1 1/4 pounds spaghettini
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 large garlic clove, sliced
- 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes
- 8 cups baby spinach (8 ounces)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the spaghettini until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.
- Meanwhile, in a very large skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the sausage, break it up into small pieces and cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook until their skins begin to split, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Using the back of a spoon, gently pop the tomatoes to release their juices. Add the spaghettini and the reserved pasta cooking water and toss over low heat until the pasta is coated, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.