Table of Contents
  1. The ingredients in this weeknight pasta recipe
  2. Watch how to make this sausage and spinach pasta recipe
  3. Creamy Sausage & Spinach Pasta Recipe

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what makes a recipe a weeknight meal. We all hear the phrase “weeknight,” I’ve even used it in the past, and instantly know what it insinuates: a meal that’s delicious and quick. The problem is that quick is different for each person. I’m beginning to think of weeknight meals as recipes that can be finished in around 30 minutes for someone that’s moderately comfortable in the kitchen.

This creamy sausage and spinach pasta is a new weeknight favorite. The sausage is browned in the skillet, and while it’s browning, you can cook the pasta. Once the sausage is browned, the sauce can be finished with some cream, pasta water, and of course cheese.

Within 30 minutes, the meal is ready! It’s full of flavor and super filling. What more could you ask of in a weeknight meal?

Top down view of white countertop with sliced lemons and bowl filled with yellow colored pasta with spinach and sausage and forks to the side

The ingredients in this weeknight pasta recipe

  • Ground pork is the base to make a quick sausage along with fennel, oregano, garlic, and onion powder. You can also easily substitute store-bought sausage and skip the spices.
  • Pasta will always be a great option for a weeknight meal. Personally, I use Sflogini trumpet pasta, but any pasta that will grab onto the sauce will work.
  • Onion and garlic are sautéed before creating the sausage. Sautéing the onion and garlic first will develop more flavor along with some well-appreciated caramelization.
  • Heavy cream adds richness and fat, which is a crucial building block of this recipe’s sauce. The fat content of heavy cream allows the cream to be simmered without breaking. As the cream is simmered, it reduces and thickens.
  • Pasta water, along with the cream, builds the sauce. As the pasta cooks in the water, the pasta leaves starch in the cooking liquid. When added to the sauce, this starch content helps thicken the sauce.
  • Parmesan cheese is grated into the sauce when the dish is almost finished. Parmesan cheese melts nicely and flavors the sauce.
  • Spinach is added at the end of the cooking, wilting into the pasta. Spinach wilts quickly and provides extra nutrients. Even picky kids won’t mind the spinach!

This pasta comes truly comes together within 30 minutes or less. The ingredients may already be in your pantry and are easy to find at the store if not. The flavors are simple, but also special. The slightly creamy sauce is flavored with the homemade sausage and Parmesan cheese, and will satisfy everyone in the family!

Metal stockpot sitting on white countertop with golden yellow pasta sitting in container after cooking along with sausage and spinach and wooden scraper

Watch how to make this sausage and spinach pasta recipe

Creamy Sausage & Spinach Pasta

4.45 from 9 votes
Author: Kaleb
Does it sound possible to make a homemade sausage and cook pasta all in under 30 minutes? Well, with this weeknight creamy sausage and spinach pasta, it is! This recipe is bursting with warm, rich flavor and will serve a crowd!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb ground pork (can substitute pre-made sausage)
  • 1 lb pasta (used Sfoglini trumpets)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup pasta cooking liquid
  • 4 oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest

Instructions
 

  • In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, warm 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the onion, salt, and pepper. Sauté until slightly browned, 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Once the garlic has cooked, add the fennel, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and ground pork. Break apart and cook the meat until browned, 6-8 minutes.
    1 small onion, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 3 cloves garlic, 1 tsp fennel seed, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, ½ tsp red pepper flakes, 1 lb ground pork (can substitute pre-made sausage)
  • While the meat is browning in a large stockpot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add 2 tbsp of salt and the pasta. Cook until al dente, meaning the pasta has 1-2 minutes left until fully cooked. While cooking, scoop out 1 cup of the pasta water (see the next step). Once al dente, drain the pasta and return to the stockpot.
    1 lb pasta (used Sfoglini trumpets)
  • Once the meat is browned, add the heavy cream and the pasta water. Bring to a simmer and cook on medium-low heat for 2 minutes.
    1 cup heavy cream, 1 cup pasta cooking liquid
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and cream mixture to the drained pasta. Stir to combine over low heat. The pasta will finish cooking and absorb the sauce.
    4 oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • Finish by adding in the spinach to the pasta. Stir for 1 minute, allowing the spinach to wilt. Add the lemon zest at the end and serve immediately.
    5 oz baby spinach, 1 tbsp grated lemon zest

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 483kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 23.6gFat: 22.3gSaturated Fat: 10.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 8.1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 68.1mgSodium: 585.6mgPotassium: 452.9mgFiber: 2.8gSugar: 2.6gVitamin A: 180.9IUVitamin C: 7.6mgCalcium: 237.5mgIron: 3.2mg
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Cooking

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is really delicious. My husband loved it. I used gluten-free pasta, and it still was wonderful.

  2. 5 stars
    Clean plates and compliments last night for dinner. Was asked to make again. Thank you! I did use sweet Italian chicken sausage premade. I sliced and cooked with onion and garlic.

  3. 5 stars
    It was cold and rainy where I live. I made this today after a challenging work day. It was the ultimate comfort food. I saved an additional cup of pasta water for leftovers tomorrow if needed. I will make this again and again!

  4. 5 stars
    Two words describe this super simple, quick dish, DELICIOUS AND FABULOUS ! I made it for dinner this week, followed the recipe to the letter, and everyone loved it. I’ll be making this frequently! Thank you!!!