Easy Pasta Recipe- One Pot Sausage and Spinach
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Now that I’m pregnant with baby #5, one thing I have come to realize is that I need dinner recipes that are super quick. And easy. And preferably the least amount of dishes possible. Luckily, this easy sausage pasta recipe meets all those requirements!
Not only that, but I promise you, this one-pot dish is chock full of flavor and I promise that your entire family will love it:)
Want to eat this for lunch the next day? Or even have your kids take it to school?
I love sending mine with leftovers because really, you can’t make a lunch easier than just packing up the leftovers! And by the way, yes, this easy spinach pasta is amazing the next day too!
This super handy lunch crockpot will slowly warm up your lunch while you are at work or your kids are still in class.
It’s also small enough to fit in almost any lunch box! If your tired of the thermoses not keeping your lunches warm, or tired of having to wait for the microwave then this little warmer is an awesome deal. I promise it’ll be worth every penny! Not that it’s expensive to be with.
Step by step tutorial to make the best one-pot sausage pasta!
1. Start with heating your dutch oven on medium high heat, then cut up your sausage, really it can be any sausage you like! Use Kielbasa, Mennonite, garlic sausage, really whatever you have.
Dice it up, I like to cut the sausage in half lengthwise and then again, then slicing it. Essentially, cutting each ’round slice’ into four. You don’t have to, I just like to do this for my kids and, it makes the sausage spread out much better!
Depending on what sausage you use, but generally, you won’t need to add any oil to your pan before adding the sausage, there are enough juices in the sausage already.
2. Saute for 5-7 minutes, then add in onion, minced garlic and Italiano Seasoning (I seldom use spice packages, but this spice from Costco I just love!! If you don’t have a Costco near you, Amazon has it!)
3. Once your onion is translucent and sausage is cooked, add an entire can of diced tomatoes, yes, juice and all. Add 2 cups chicken broth on top of it, stir, cover and let come to a boil.
Hate always having to buy chicken broth or think it takes up way to much space in your freezer? Here is a quick and easy chicken stock you can make– it saves time, and TONS of space in your freezer) Once your liquid is boiling, add 8 oz pasta.
I usually use rotini, but use whatever you have on hand! Or whichever is your favorite, like egg noodles or penne. Make sure all your noodles are submerged:) Then, cover and let cook, stirring once or twice throughout to prevent sticking. Depending on the type of noodles you used, but as a general rule about 8-10 minutes.
UPDATE: I’ve made this multiple times with like every single pasta out there! It works with anything. As you can see, when I made it again specifically for re-shooting it, I just used regular spagetti! (just break it into thirds)
4. While your pasta is cooking, chop up your spinach. If you wanted to, you can just leave your spinach whole, but I like it much better if I chop it up some, so that it isn’t as stringy when you’re eating it. (psst… if you have little ones, chop it even more and they won’t even notice they are eating it!)
5. Once pasta is cooked, add in spinach and stir until wilted. Depending on how big your pan is to begin with, you may need to do this in a few batches.
Bonus: Sometimes I’ll top with 2 cups shredded cheese and let simmer until cheese is melted. I’ve made it both ways, and they are both delicious! It just depends on what your personal tastes are if you always like your pasta’s cheesy, or even if you’re trying to save money by not putting the cheese on! I promise, with or without it is still delicious!
I hope your family loves this pasta as much as we do. And the easy cleanup! (That’s always the best part no?) Serve it with a simple green salad, and maybe even garlic bread and your family will be asking you to make it more often! If you need more one-pot recipes, check out this Pepperpot Sausage Sheetpan Dinner, or this Chicken Fajita Pasta!
Tell me… Did you add the cheese or not??
Great ways for the kids to be able to take it for a school lunch the next day!
- 1 lb sausage
- 1 onion
- 1 tbsp Italiano seasoning
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 750 ml can undrained tomatoes
- 2 c chicken broth
- 8 oz dried pasta
- 3 c chopped fresh spinach
- 2 c cheese (optional)
- Cut sausage into bite sized pieces. Saute on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile dice onion and mince garlic. Add to sausage with itanliano seaoning. Saute for 3-5 minutes more.
- Add in tomatos and chicken broth, bring to a boil, add in pasta (I like to use egg noodles since they cook quicker!)
- Make sure your pasta is submerged in the water, cover and cook for 7-8 minutes (or according to how long the pasta takes to cook according to package directions) Stir at least twice during this time.
- Meanwhile chop spinach. When pasta is cooked add spinach and allow to wilt. Stir through and top with cheese if desired. Allow cheese to melt and then serve!
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