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Sausage-Spinach Pasta Supper

You won’t miss the marinara sauce once you taste this pasta dish flavored with chicken broth and Italian sausage. “It’s incredibly easy, and the ingredients create their own sauce,” notes Daphine Smith of Baytown, Texas. “My husband likes it so much that I make it once a week.”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Italian sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 4 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta, broken in half
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook the sausage, onion and garlic in oil over medium heat until sausage is browned; drain.
  • Add broth; bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Gradually add spinach. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until pasta is tender and spinach is wilted. In a small bowl, combine flour, pepper and cream until smooth; stir into pasta mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
Test Kitchen Tip
  • Substitute a bag of frozen leaf spinach if you don’t have fresh spinach on hand.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/2 cups: 505 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 1393mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 6g fiber), 35g protein.

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    • Mikhail
      Jun 29, 2019

      Amazing. My mom used to make this with bowtie noodles. I also do not add the cream/flour mixture as it is ten times better and a better consistency.

    • Carolyn
      May 3, 2018

      I give this 5 stars, but only after I made a few changes. I add sliced mushrooms while browning the sausage and an extra clove of garlic, and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, and then I double the flour (I use Wondra) to 2 tablespoons and the cream to 6 tablespoons. I only use a 5 ounce bags of spinach. It is then the perfect consistency and we love it. One of our favorite recipes. Thank you.

    • ssapienza
      Jun 22, 2017

      This is a delicious one-pot meal. I used Premio Italian chicken sausage with kale and the family loved it.

    • browns19fan
      Feb 26, 2017

      My husband thinks this is a 5-star recipe. I rate it a 3, hence the four stars. It's OK, perfectly edible but nothing special.I decided to follow another cook's suggestion and cook the pasta first, adding it at the end with the spinach. (Since we both love spinach, I thought its amount was just right.). But I hadn't counted on how much liquid pasta absorbs as it boils. I used the full amount of broth, and since the pasta had already cooked, the sauce was much too watery. I will be making this again by popular demand, but next time I'll use half the amount of broth and see what happens.

    • PrplMonky5
      Feb 23, 2017

      My husband and I really weren't fans of this. Honestly I feel like you'd get a similar taste if you put cooked angel hair pasta, sausage, and creamed spinach together. The dish was thick, and I wasn't overly happy with the flavor. I honestly don't know how everyone else did the spinach. 10 oz of spinach was so much, I only wound up using half of it (and in the end it did look like the picture above). It just doesn't have a very fresh taste at all. I highly doubt we'd be making this again. 3 stars because I can see how others might like it, it just wasn't for us.

    • PennyGraham
      Oct 24, 2015

      I'm a fan of one-pan meals and skillet suppers. This one is super quick and easy. Just serve with fruit and milk for a great balanced meal. I use turkey Italian sausage with the casings removed, and just break it up as it browns; and fat free half & half in lieu of heavy cream, just because I keep the FFHH on hand. It makes its own sauce and seasons itself except for a tiny bit of pepper. Definitely a great addition to anyone's menu rotation.

    • jo66
      Nov 24, 2013

      I made this with sausage I had in the frig. The only instructions I would change is to make the sauce before I put in the pasta and spinach. Also, I would completely cook the pasta and just add to heat thru. I used coffee cream instead of heavy cream. Next time I would use heavy cream because the sauce would be thicker. Added Parmesan for topping. This is a keeper but next time I will make the changes.

    • Linda7341
      Nov 15, 2013

      this is so easy and so delicious....am making again this weekend and printing out this recipe for the girls in the office...

    • promiseswr
      Nov 14, 2013

      This was a delicious and easy recipe.. thank you. Certainly a keeper.

    • claylady01
      Nov 13, 2013

      I have always rinsed my pasta after cooking because of the starch content,maybe I am wrong and it is OK to cook in the broth and eat?