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Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta Recipe

Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta Recipe

So rich and creamy, this pasta dish is wonderfully cheesy and delicious! And for time-saving convenience, I like to assemble it the night before, then bake it the next day. —Susie Sizemore, Collinsville, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cup: 662 calories, 37g fat (20g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 1362mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 33g protein.

Reviews for Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta

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Summersh User ID: 6640270 252161
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2016

"Great recipe"

chefheidi18 User ID: 8210724 249706
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"This was very creamy and tasty. the flavors worked well together."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 243729
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2016

"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."

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 233259
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"Loved this"

CarrieBerry4Chad User ID: 5330384 231232
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2015

"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!"

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 225098
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2015

"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."

ckmcgill User ID: 4643462 223945
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"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."

Lyndamr09 User ID: 6289348 223145
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"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!"

AngeW User ID: 7147910 113750
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014


Jayfer2 User ID: 7771336 97881
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"I made this using fresh spinach. It became a favorite for the family dinners."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 143753
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"This is wonderful! Great with sausage but you could easily make it with leftover chicken, shrimp or even leave it vegetarian."

sener User ID: 5687943 98692
Reviewed May. 3, 2013

"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."

sarah.remmereid User ID: 2751560 97880
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"This was very good! I love the combo of sausage and spinach!"

sener User ID: 5687943 165131
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"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."

OMArchitect User ID: 5677895 104742
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"Easy dish to make for company - and everyone loves it!"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 143752
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"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."

Wieners User ID: 1845812 165129
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"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."

mtapia User ID: 4165939 98687
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"My top pasta recipe! Love it!"

jenjones892 User ID: 3931282 112143
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"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."

Tabby04 User ID: 5515271 210649
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"This recipe is one of my husband's favorites"

mamathechelle User ID: 5849629 163115
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"I have made this several times for my family and they always love it!"

nrdetwiler User ID: 4312289 210648
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"I made this along with lasagna for an Italian themed dinner party. It was super easy to make and very tasty."

Sherrieboudinot User ID: 604277 167457
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011


star99910 User ID: 4472989 183364
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"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!"

lindypat User ID: 814971 163113
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"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!"

donnalander User ID: 6081913 181003
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

"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."

tramar User ID: 1227142 104741
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"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!"

lindypat User ID: 814971 163110
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"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!"

HMRintelman User ID: 3601621 97868
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"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..."

kelc84 User ID: 3818704 113747
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"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!"

RoseberryLane User ID: 5849501 98686
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"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)."

sunflwerchick User ID: 4096152 179784
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"Really good and easy! I doubled the recipe and made this for a Baby shower, I got more raves about this pasta."

mrswray User ID: 5312458 165128
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"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?"

ritzz1 User ID: 5194977 183362
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"Grest recipe! We loved the combined flavors and this will go in our regular rotation. Thank you!"

Sherrieboudinot User ID: 604277 167456
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"Excellent!!! Easy and delicious!"

dettegoulding User ID: 5079148 112142
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

"Excellent!!! My daughter has already asked me to make it again."

thekingsfive User ID: 1766534 98677
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"Amazing! This pasta was so rich and cheesy. We loved it!"

vpg1954 User ID: 3001312 113744
Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"This is in my husband's top ten! Even my great niece who's not wild about spinach loves this recipe""

kristinafoss User ID: 3910501 97867
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"I cooked this one night for my family, they all seemed to enjoy it. It kinda has a lasagna taste to it."

fms8day User ID: 1977000 179783
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

"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."

christenoel User ID: 4044761 179397
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"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."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 163109
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"Very good. Doubles easily for a crowd."

melyssadawn User ID: 1910001 181000
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"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!"

hdmt704 User ID: 3713977 97866
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"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."

mginion User ID: 1206101 143751
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2009

"This was a winner for everyone in my house...both young and old. This has been added to our monthly dinner schedule!"

ErinWalker User ID: 4255719 183360
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2009

"I couldn't find the frozen creamed spinach at our grocery store, does anyone have any ideas how I could make this at home?"

brookestahl User ID: 442462 165124
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2009

"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."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 179393
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2009 Edited Nov. 25, 2012

"Out of this world delicious. Thank you for sharing recipe. It's one I'll be making again and again."

stephanie_sims20 User ID: 3649037 104738
Reviewed May. 4, 2009

"This was so full of flavor and so creamy! Yum!"

cheezhed68 User ID: 1083106 97857
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

"OMG! This is fabulous!"

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 112141
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2009 Edited Dec. 5, 2009

"This was excellent. My entire family loved it, including my kids and my mother who tends to be "picky". The leftovers were great too."

parbuzz User ID: 1111267 98675
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2009

"I made this recently and it was delicious. It was easy to make and my family really enjoyed it.


shebug User ID: 2458497 167384
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2009

"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"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.