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Simple Spinach and Sausage Pasta

If you love simple recipes, raise your hand! Today I am sharing a super simple pasta recipe with you. This Simple Spinach and Sausage Pasta recipe is pretty versatile so if you don’t have the same meat or vegetables that I used, you can substitute them with something you do have. I do recommend using a green vegetable such as zucchini, broccoli or asparagus in this pasta recipe.  Any any type of meat will work – some ideas for meats – ground sausage, ground beef, shredded chicken. Make the meal your own – that’s what I did.

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You see, I just received the latest edition of Food Network Magazine (April 2013) and highlighted on the cover is a fantastic looking pasta recipe. I didn’t have the turkey sausage or broccoli called for in the recipe so I substituted spinach and some leftover beer brats in place of those items. This recipe only took twenty minutes to prepare, making it the perfect busy weeknight meal. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Recipe: Simple Spinach & Sausage Pasta

Recipe: Simple Spinach & Sausage Pasta

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 cooked beer brats, sliced
  • 3/4 C frozen spinach, thawed, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 C Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt plus more to taste
  • 2 -3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp white wine
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream
  • 10 oz shell pasta, cooked tender
  • 1 C of the pasta water


  1. Cook the pasta. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until desired tenderness is reached. Before draining, reserve 1 C of the water from the pot.
  2. Saute the garlic and spinach. In a large pot or large skillet, heat the the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and spinach and saute until the spinach is wilted.
  3. Prepare the pasta dish. Add the salt, crushed red pepper, pasta and sliced sausage to the spinach mixture. Mix well. Then whisk the egg and the pasta water together and then add to the pasta mixture. Sprinkle with flour and mix until the sauce starts to thicken. Once thickened, add the cream, parmesan cheese and white wine. Mix well and simmer until the sauce is thick and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  4. If desired, add salt to taste.


Adapted from Food Network Magazine, April 2013


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13 comments on “Simple Spinach and Sausage Pasta”

  1. Yum! This looks great! Definitely adding it to my menu!

  2. I really can’t get enough of pasta, and this recipe looks perfect – tempted to make this tonight.

    Have a lovely day.

    Kate x

  3. This looks so good! Pinning to try!

  4. This looks delicious, Julie! And easy! RIght up my alley!

  5. My hand is raised! This looks great and easy!!

  6. mmm..this looks so easy, and sounds amazing. Definitely adding it to my list of meals to make!

  7. Julie, simple is definitely good but delicious is even better, and this sounds like it is both! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. This recipe looks great, I love to make things that are simple and tasty. One of my sons pretty much survives on pasta and sausage at the moment so it’s lovely to find a recipe that will add a bit of vareity to his diet!

  9. Yum! I make a broccoli and sausage one that my kids love…gotta try this!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. This looks really tasty. I have a favorite sausage and spinach pasta recipe, but I’m going to change it up and try this one soon.

  11. This looks sooo good! I love spinach in just about anything lately and I bet the sausage is super good with it too.. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders! Have a wonderful day!

  12. I was eyeing this pasta on the cover of FNM so hard I bought it! I’m glad to hear it’s as delicious as I was hoping it would be.

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