Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta Recipe
- 3 cups uncooked rigatoni or large tube pasta
- 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen creamed spinach, thawed
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
- 2. Stir in the tomatoes, spinach, cream cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Drain pasta; add to sausage mixture. Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish.
- 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 5 servings.
1-2/3 cups equals 662 calories, 37 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 112 mg cholesterol, 1,362 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 33 g protein.
Reviews for Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta
"Great pasta dinner! Made this last minute so didn't bake in oven. Straight from stove it was excellent! Used spicy Italian sausage. As a volunteer food editor with Taste of Home I enjoy preparing dishes that can be easily adjusted to my family's busy schedule."
"Pretty good dish and my hubby really liked it! Thought it was a tad on the rich side, probably from the cream cheese and creamed spinach. Would definitely make again though!"
"This is a keeper. I used mild sausage this time but will try medium next time for a little more flavor. I think this would also be good using ground beef or shrimp."
"This was absolutely delicious. Didn't have frozen spinach so used canned, wasn't as pretty but the flavor was still good. Also sprinkled some red pepper flakes on top before I baked. Definitely a keeper."
"Very good! I used turkey sausage and low fat cream cheese. I didn't have creamed spinach so I used the regular frozen kind and squeezed out excess water. The sauce was kind of thick so I added an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce. Husband approved!"
"I made this using fresh spinach. It became a favorite for the family dinners."
"This is wonderful! Great with sausage but you could easily make it with leftover chicken, shrimp or even leave it vegetarian."
"I am making this recipe for second time. It was a big hit at our house. I will absolutely be making this again and again! Thanks for the recipe."
"This was very good! I love the combo of sausage and spinach!"
"I made this recipe today only change I made was Italian hot sausage. Everyone loved it! I will be making this quite often Thanks for the recipe."
"Easy dish to make for company - and everyone loves it!"
"This dish looks delicious and satisfying. We like spinach, so that's an extra bonus. wrote recipe out by hand/taped to fridge ~~ look forward to making some time this week."
"I did not have the sausage on hand and used leftover hamburger instead. We liked it, but I think the sausage would have added a little zest to the over all taste. We live within 10 minutes of Johnsonville and I would heartily recommend any of their sausages. Very good!! I will be sure I have sausage when I make this recipe again."
"My top pasta recipe! Love it!"
"One of my all-time favorite recipes! So easy and doesn't require a ton of ingredients. It reheats well and is even better the next day."
"This recipe is one of my husband's favorites"
"I have made this several times for my family and they always love it!"
"I made this along with lasagna for an Italian themed dinner party. It was super easy to make and very tasty."
"Loved it. The only change i made this time is I used regular not creamed spinach as the 8oz cream cheese was enough to cream the spinach and I left off the mozzarella on top. Will definitely make again, Thanks!"
"Good recipe. I did double the sausage, tomatoes and a pkg. of chopped spinach to feed my size family. Having only one pkg of cream cheese was plenty, very creamy. Everyone enjoys this recipe, I have made it several times. I cooked this on the stovetop because it's so hot, I'm not turning on the oven! Worked fine! Thanks!"
"I made this for my daughter's family; they loved it. My two little granddaughters loved it too. I used turkey sausage instead of pork sausage and low fat cream cheese to reduce the fat."
"Substituted Penne, Ground Turkey and the new Cream Cheese Cooking Cream for the Cream Cheese but still achieved equally good results. I seasoned the ground turkey with Italian seasoning blend and also had to substitute Colby & Monterey Jack blend for the Mozzarella Cheese but I did add grated Parmesan Cheese for an extra Italian touch.I usually am able to use ingredients I have on hand when preparing a new dish which is why I enjoy cooking so much! Be Creative!"
"Very good recipe! I've made it a few times and followed the recipe the first time (unusual for me). The only change I've made is to increase the amount of sausage and to add a box of frozen spinach. I'm feeding 6 hardy appetities! Thanks for the recipe!"
"This was fabulous. I made the creamed spinach from scratch because I didn't want to make a trip to the grocery store. I used the recipe for cream sauce listed in an earlier review of this recipe and added a bag of fresh spinach to it. It was creamy and delicious. My 5 year old even ate it all up without realizing he was eating tomatoes and spinach..."
"One of our favorite meals! Actually is my husbands favorite! He requests this as 'my favorite pasta' and we make it often! I dont change anything about it, it doesnt need any changes in our opinion!"
"We love this meal, I add a red pepper to round out the flavors. I also add an extra pack of creamed spinach and another 1/2 of a can of Italian tomatoes. Everyone who has tried this loves it, especially those picky eaters. Because this more then we need for a small family, I freeze half for another night (but makes for great leftovers)."
"Really good and easy! I doubled the recipe and made this for a Baby shower, I got more raves about this pasta."
"This was absolutely heavenly. My husband asked if I could make it every day! I used Italian Seasoned Jenni-o Ground turkey (tastes just like Italian sausage), low fat cream cheese and part skim mozzarella... and it was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Can I give it 6 stars?"
"Grest recipe! We loved the combined flavors and this will go in our regular rotation. Thank you!"
"Excellent!!! Easy and delicious!"
"Excellent!!! My daughter has already asked me to make it again."
"Amazing! This pasta was so rich and cheesy. We loved it!"
"This is in my husband's top ten! Even my great niece who's not wild about spinach loves this recipe""
"I cooked this one night for my family, they all seemed to enjoy it. It kinda has a lasagna taste to it."
"Excellent! I could not find the creamy spinach, so I made my own 1 1/2 cups of creamy white sauce and added the cream cheese in that sauce and bended it well. Turned out great."
"This is too easy to be as good as it is. I have shared this recipe with so many friends and family and all LOVE it. Even kids! I always make it for company and it is a huge HIT."
"Very good. Doubles easily for a crowd."
"it is delicious, but this last time i made it i had a hard time finding creamed spinach. i will attempt to make my own cream and hope that it turns out as good as usual!"
"I make a cream sauce (melt 1 T butter in a small saucepan, add 1T flour, a dash of salt and pepper. Pour in 1 cup milk and whisk until thickened. Add the contents of a 1 lb. bag of frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed dry). It's worked for me."
"This was a winner for everyone in my house...both young and old. This has been added to our monthly dinner schedule!"
"I couldn't find the frozen creamed spinach at our grocery store, does anyone have any ideas how I could make this at home?"
"This was very tasty -- the whole family liked it! Note: Recipe has a minor mistake - doesn't tell you when to add in the cooked pasta, though common sense can tell you when to do that."
"Out of this world delicious. Thank you for sharing recipe. It's one I'll be making again and again."
"This was so full of flavor and so creamy! Yum!"
"OMG! This is fabulous!"
"This was excellent. My entire family loved it, including my kids and my mother who tends to be "picky". The leftovers were great too."
"I made this recently and it was delicious. It was easy to make and my family really enjoyed it.-Beth"
"I made this last night and it was GREAT!! My whole family loved it. I couldn't find frozen creamed spinach so i just used regular frozen spinach and added my own cream when i added all the cheese. verry good, will make it again"
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.