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Italian Sausage Yam and Spinach with Mushrooms Carrots and Tomatoes

Spice up your basic meat and veggies bowl with this fabulous dinner recipe. This bowl has Italian sausage and yams baked in the oven and tossed with sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes and shredded carrots. Top it off with creamy tomato sauce and spinach, and you have the perfect healthy and cozy dinner with lots of flavor - so good and so easy to make!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1 large yam cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cup cherry tomatoes chopped into small slices
  • 2 cups tomato-based pasta sauce
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 F and prepare a large baking sheet.
  • Add the cubed yam pieces to the baking pan and sprinkle olive oil, salt and pepper. Separate the Italian sausage into small chunks with clean hands and add them right onto the baking sheet (see notes). Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Chop the mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and kale. When the yam and Italian sausage have only ten more minutes to go, add a bit of olive oil to a large sized skillet or cast iron and heat on medium high until nice and hot. Add the sliced garlic and cook until just browned, about 1 minutes. Add the mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and shredded carrots to the pan and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, until the everything is cooked through.
  • Turn the heat down to medium heat and add the pasta sauce to the skillet or cast iron. Mix with the veggies until the yam and Italian sausage pieces are done from the oven, and until the pasta sauce warms up.
  • Add the yam and Italian sausage to the sauce mix and cook for 1-2 minutes, combining everything together.
  • Lastly, add the spinach and stir until the it is wilted and completely mixed with the other ingredients. Serve into bowls and enjoy!

Notes

For the baking sheets: I can fit the sausage chunks and yam pieces all together onto one large baking sheet.  The sausage can be touching, it will still cook evenly and will naturally separate once you mix it with the rest of the ingredients.  If you can't fit everyone onto one baking sheet, use two medium sheets with the yams onto one and the ground sausage chunks onto another.  
I love yams for this dish, but if you prefer potatoes or sweet potatoes, you can substitute either of those for the yams.  You can also use kale instead of spinach if you have that on hand.  
You can also substitute any tomato sauce for the pasta sauce if you have that on hand instead.  I prefer the pasta sauce because I've found that even a plain tomato-based pasta sauce brings more flavor to the recipe than a basic tomato sauce. And it's easier!  If you prefer or only have on hand tomato sauce you can definitely use that - I would suggest to spice it up a bit by adding garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and any other spices you love! 
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