Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta Recipe
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Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta Recipe

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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.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 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

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.


  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.
Originally published as Creamy Spinach Sausage Pasta in Simple & Delicious March/April 2009, p33

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 256139
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"This was WONDERFUL. It tasted like something you'd get from a very popular pasta restaurant. I cut this in half for just my husband and I, and served it with garlic knots. Because I had cut it in half, it seemed about ready in 20 minutes. I put the cheese on and baked it for about another 5-6 minutes. This was so tasty, I can't wait to make this again!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 255987
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2016

"Love it!"

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!"

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