Creamy Lumaconi with Italian Sausage and Spinach

It started off so innocently.

It was a muggy Saturday evening and we’d spent all afternoon spreading one hundred thousand bags of black mulch all over the garden beds. Covered in wood chips, we wearily stumbled into the house to collapse on the sofa, pour 35 glasses of wine and fist bump over the success of the day. And to remove earth worms from my hair.

After some Antiques Roadshow watching (WHAT, IT’S A GOOD SHOW) and a second wind, I hopped up to pull together a totes quick, no bigs dinner for us.

“I’m gonna make some pasta,” I said.

“Sounds good to me, ” he replied.

“Rooooororrooororor,” Charlie echoed.  (SHE DID)

It wasn’t going to be a big deal, just something to eat, la dee da. But then something happened that I’ll never be able to explain. Passing a head of garlic on the countertop, I felt it. A sweet breeze of a whisper from the garlic, “don’t you want to feel like a woman?” Shuttering in my chacos, I thought, YES I DO. I DO WANT TO FEEL LIKE A WOMAN.

I also want to know what that even means.

After that, it was all a blur.

Oh wait! I do remember this happening.

Ohhhh and yes, I also remember picking a lot of this from the garden. It’s coming back to me now.

AHHH RIGHT. Cute little snaily pasta.

Ohhhh but this. This is crystal clear in my memory. This is when things turned upside down and I became someone so unrecognizable I scared even myself. I think I actually spoke in tongues at one point.


I mean, are you even SEEING this?

Magic. Dreams. Wonderlands. Amusement parks. It’s all CRAP compared to what you’ll experience with one bite of this.

I need everything to start off innocently for the rest of my life.

Creamy Lumaconi with Italian Sausage and Spinach:

What it took for 2:

* 1 head garlic, end sliced off
* 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 cups lumaconi (or any small pasta)
* 2 Italian sausage links, casings removed
* 2 Tbs. butter
* 2 Tbs. flour
* 1 cup milk
* 1 thyme sprig, leaves removed
* 1 oregano sprig, leaves removed
* 2 cups chopped spinach
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400. Place the garlic head in a small piece of aluminum foil, drizzle with oil, seal and roast for 35 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a small sauce pot, melt the butter. When the foaming subsides, add the flour. Whisk constantly for 1 minute, and then slowly add the milk, continuing to whisk another 5 minutes or so until the sauce gets thick and creamy. Add in the herbs, a pinch of salt and pepper and whisk a little more. Transfer cream sauce to a small food processor, add the roasted garlic cloves and pulse until very smooth. Cover to keep warm.

In the meantime, heat a medium skillet over medium high. Add the sausage and break up with a wooden spoon, cooking until browned all over, 6 minutes.

Also in the meantime, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil until al dente. Just taste it to test it. Drain and return to the pot.

Pour the cream sauce over the pasta, along with the spinach and sausage. Toss to coat and combine everything. Oh dear.

Serve with good parmesan cheese or basil or neither or both. Most definitely both.

You’re gonna freak yourself.

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34 Responses to Creamy Lumaconi with Italian Sausage and Spinach

  1. Blog is the New Black May 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm #
    Looks creamy and comforting!
  2. Megan @ Country Cleaver May 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm #
    Roasted garlic will make any one feel like a woman…whatever that means. :) And oh hawt dayum - I need a big and comically large bowl of this, like now.
  3. Kathryn May 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm #
    How have I never seen that type of pasta before?! My life won't be complete until I buy some.
  4. Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm #
    What a winner dish! I feel hungry now!
  5. kelsey May 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm #
  6. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm #
    I love these snaily pastas!!! And umm. Garlic roasting. Always a yes.
  7. Laurie {Simply Scratch} May 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm #
    First let me wipe the drool from my chin... HOLY SH*! this looks amazing BEV!
  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks May 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm #
    I like the vintage-ey vibe to the pics today!
  9. Julie @ Table for Two May 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm #
    ooo this cream pasta looks so dreamy! i love the ambiance that's conveyed in your picture..very rustic and pretty!
  10. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables May 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm #
    cutest little pasta shapes ever!
  11. nicole b. May 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm #
    Oooh, this looks so good!!! Can I omit the pasta and simply drink the white cream sauce? Thanks.
  12. Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper May 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm #
    Haha, that story was great! And of course this looks delicious as well.
  13. Cassie May 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm #
    I want that whole head of roasted garlic. LOVE.
  14. Mary Miller | A Passionate Plate May 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm #
    This looks just absolutely delicious!! The cream sauce... OMG. Will be making this one!
  15. Julia {The Roasted Root} May 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm #
    Roasted garlic cream sauce! That's even more awesome than the Antiques Road Show...and that's saying a lot cause I'm a huge fan of that show too. I always get the price estimates wrong, but that's half the fun of watching ;) This recipe is awesome...sausage and snaily pasta with the roasted garlic white sauce. Yup, awesome.
  16. Rachel Cooks May 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm #
    This looks seriously amazing. I think you made a good choice when you chose to make pasta!
  17. Lisa May 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm #
    Garlic and cream will always lure me to a recipe. I'll have to try this one! Also, Antiques Roadshow is the best. The American version though. I can't deal with the British one.
  18. claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 8, 2012 at 11:48 pm #
    NOMMMMMM. yes.
  19. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 9, 2012 at 2:31 am #
    Oh my, I think I am in love! Seriously, I need to be your neighbor!
  20. Karen @ The Food Charlatan May 9, 2012 at 3:22 am #
    I'm a little confused about how you managed to take gorgeous pictures during your impromptu pasta dinner. Maybe THAT'S why you feel like a woman!! This looks amazing, thanks!
  21. myfudo May 9, 2012 at 5:47 am #
    I am captured by the creamy white sauce at first glance. I love the addition of spinach...Exactly what a good dinner is all about. Thanks for sharing!
  22. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids May 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm #
    I have been behind on my blog reading, and I could not wait to jump on over to your blog today to get caught up. It was like missing a long, lost friend. And, this was the perfect welcome home meal. Perfect.
  23. Maria May 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm #
    FAB pasta dish!
  24. Marina {} May 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm #
    That is one sexy pasta!
  25. Kevin (Closet Cooking) May 10, 2012 at 12:30 am #
    Such a simple pasta dish and yet so tasty!
  26. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out May 10, 2012 at 2:00 am #
    DAYUMMMM. That's all.
  27. Deborah May 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm #
    Man, I wish my garlic would talk to me like that!
  28. Sarah @ a dash and a pinch May 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm #
    This looks absolutely gorgeous! Your photography is stunning, I'm so jealous :)
  29. Michelle July 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm #
    I made this last week and it was heavenly. My kids even ate it spinach and all! Yummmmmm!
  30. Emily Shields April 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm #
    I made this tonight and it was just spectacular! All of the different flavors and textures came together in the most wonderful way. Thank you so much for sharing!


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