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Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta is a perfect, fast, weeknight meal that is good enough to serve to company.
5 from 14 votes

Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta

Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta is a hearty, crave-worthy, simple pasta dish. Add a salad, and you'll have a memorable dinner on the table in about 30 minutes.
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 491kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage or links with the casings removed
  • 1 pound Orecchiette pasta or small shells pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced or minced
  • 4 cups packed baby spinach leaves or about ounces 6 to 8 ounces
  • 1/2 cup homemade chicken stock or low-salt chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese plus extra for serving
  • 6 large basil leaves thinly sliced


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and begin cooking the Orecchiette or shell pasta according to package directions for al dente. If you drain the pasta in a colander instead of straight from the water into the skillet, you'll need to reserve about a cup of the pasta water.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, break up the Italian sausage and cook until browned and crumbly, about 7 to 9 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the browned sausage to a paper towel lined plate. Pour off as much of the grease as possible and return the pan to the heat. Add the garlic to the pan and stir until fragrant. Pour in the homemade chicken stock and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to release all the lovely browned bits that were stuck. Add the heavy cream and return to a rapid boil until the cream is slightly thicker. Return the sausage to the pan, toss to coat, then add the spinach and grated cheese, then scoop the pasta from the water onto the top of the spinach. If you have already drained the pasta, add the reserved pasta water, too. Toss to evenly distribute, wilt the spinach, and melt the cheese. Toss in the thinly sliced basil and serve with extra grated cheese.


Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1695IU | Vitamin C: 5.6mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1.9mg