Spinach Sausage Pasta :: An Easy Weeknight Meal

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No Ground Beef?

I never thought the day would come when I would have trouble finding ground beef and chicken breast in the grocery store. I was wrong and that time is now. The panic buying that came along with COVID-19 is here. I have learned to be a little more creative in my shopping and cooking since I have to work around what is available. I have found that Italian sausage is typically available and although it is higher in fat, it is very useful in many dishes. You may have a little trouble finding pasta, but in many stores, there are some options.

Spinach Sausage PastaLet the children help!

Another change in our household is that my children are now home all day. My son is 9 years old, and as part of our day, I am trying to teach him some life skills like cooking. He loves this recipe and it is so simple that he can do almost all of it by himself.  I typically help him with the chopping, but otherwise he does it all! Please note: he is 9 years old meaning I should expect him to eat two of these servings.

This recipe is simple comfort food. It’s like a cross between the perfect soup and the most delicious pasta.  It is ideal for a busy night when you want a quick and warm meal. I also love it because the spinach has some great antioxidants, which my children don’t even notice. Add more veggies to this meal by including a side salad.  Enjoy!

Pasta Serves: 6

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

½ White or Yellow Onion, diced

4 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 lb. Italian Sausage, ground

2 Cups Chicken Broth

2 Cups Spinach, chopped (I like fresh the best)

½ Cup Half and Half

1 Package Pasta (whatever kind you like—we love bow tie pasta!)

Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Cook Pasta according to directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil over medium high heat until the onion is translucent (about 4 minutes) in a large pot.
  3. Add sausage and cook until browned.
  4. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add spinach and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Turn off heat and add half and half. Serve immediately after adding half and half.  You can also add a small amount of half and half to each bowl.
  7. Serve pasta in a bowl and top with sausage mixture, and sprinkle with red pepper if desired.

Tips

  1.  You can speed up prep time by using the already minced garlic from the grocery store.
  2. I highly recommend using fresh spinach for extra nutrition and better texture.
  3. You can make this recipe in your pressure cooker as well: use the saute function for the garlic, onion, and sausage. Then cook on high pressure for 2 minutes after adding broth.  Add spinach and simply close the lid and wait for 5 minutes until the spinach wilts. Add your half and half and you are done!
  4. You can also try using a high protein pasta to reduce the carbohydrates and increase the protein.

Nutrition Information per serving: Calories: 580, Total Fat: 29 grams, Total Carbohydrate: 59 grams, Dietary Fiber: 5 grams, Protein: 22 grams.

If you like this recipe, then you may also like this Seafood Chowder.


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1 COMMENT

  1. Hey cousin Jen! We all really loved this recipe! THANK U! ? I found organic ORZO pasta which I hadn’t used in forever and that worked great in this as it didn’t soak up much of the delicious broth. We used chicken breakfast sausage as we don’t eat much pork. YUM!

    Kyla wanted to try horseradish in her bowl and she loved it so I tried it, too. ? It really added a nice kick! I put a little cayenne in mine also.?

    A keeper in this family for sure! It’s fun trying so many of the recipes you post!?

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