Cheesy Sausage & Spinach Bread Bowls



Ingredients:

  • Bread bowl (I used my dutch oven bread recipe and split it into smaller loafs to make bowls)

  • Penne Noodles

  • 1 large onion

  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage

  • 2 tbsp butter (Earth balance butter)

  • 1/4 cup butter & 1/4 cup flour (for the roux) (Earth balance butter)

  • 2 tbsp oil

  • salt, pepper

  • 2 cups milk (Silk unsweetened original almond milk)

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 1.5 cups cheddar cheese (daiya)

  • 2 tsp fresh/minced garlic

  • 1 can of white beans (your choice which kind)

Directions:

  1. Cook noodles in salted water until done. Strain and add a little oil to the noodles so they don't stick together. Then set aside.

  2. In a pot, heat 2 tbsp of oil and 2 tbsp of butter. Cook one pound of ground Italian sausage, one diced large onion until the Italian sausage is cooked and the onion is soft.

  3. Add 1/4 cup of butter to the same pot and let it melt. Then add 1/4 cup of flour to the same pot. You are making a thickener (roux) for the liquid you're about to add.

  4. One the liquids are soaked up and the mixture is thick and sticking together, then add 2 cups of milk.

  5. When the milk thickens, add 2 cups of chicken broth, 1.5 cups of cheddar cheese, 1 cup of spinach, and 2 tsp garlic.

  6. When all of this is thickened and the cheese is melted, add the noodles and the beans (drained and rinsed)

  7. Serve in a bread bowl with cheese and green onions on top!

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