Creamy Sausage and Spinach Pasta Skillet

Oh mama.

You see, usually, if there’s a dish I can’t get out of my head it involves sugar. Doughy-soft, sweet cinnamon rolls and oozy molten chocolate lava cakes have definitely intercepted my daydreams lately. But, as I do, I instead ate a Jell-O and tried to squash my “sweet” dreams and focus on savory weeknight menu-making

I tossed this incredibly tasty pasta dish on my weeknight menu months back, and had forgotten about it until recently. As soon as I remembered it was on my to-try list, though, I hopped to and got to cookin’!

Well, I had NO idea it would be this good.

Just sauté up your favorite smoked sausage (I used a chicken variety), sizzle the onions and pour in some diced tomatoes, chicken broth and minced jalapeno for a kick. This one-pot wonder is even better since it only involves minimal clean-up, too! Your dry pasta goes right in to the hot liquid, boils until tender, and THEN. Then, it gets really healthy up in here. That’s right, you’re adding some chopped spinach. Holla for “healthy”!

Not.

You don’t even realize how amazing it can be until you mound big heaps of Monterey jack on top, though… After just a few minutes of letting the cheese melt, you have a creamy and incredibly delicious weeknight meal reading for scooping onto your plate and into your belly! It’s like a little happy dance in your mouth. Easy to make and full of flavor, you’re just gonna love this one.

… I promise it’s the kind of dish dreams are made of!

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Creamy Sausage and Spinach Pasta Skillet

Yield: Makes 5 servings

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil
6 oz. smoked sausage (turkey, beef or chicken), sliced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
8 oz. uncooked dry pasta
3 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Monterey jack
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and sauté until nicely browned, 5-7 minutes. Drain off excess fat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, chicken broth and jalapeno. Stir to combine and dissolve any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet.

Stir in uncooked pasta and submerge under liquid. Cover and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.

Stir in spinach, 1 cup at a time, until wilted. Maintain heat so that liquid will continue to simmer and thicken. Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with shredded cheese, cover and let rest for a few minutes, or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with green onions and serve hot.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Budget Bytes

      

27 Responses to “Creamy Sausage and Spinach Pasta Skillet”

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — November 15, 2013 @ 6:38 am

    That right there is a gorgeous pan of food! Wow, it’s so inviting. Well done!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — November 15, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Scrumptious looking pasta dish, Georgia! For some reason, I thought you were doing pie today. Must be next week? Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend, my friend!

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    shelly@ohshellsbells — November 15, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    this looks fantastically simple, sort of like something my mom would make for a big family meal :)

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    Cassie — November 15, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    This is all-around my kind of pasta dish. Love it, Georgia!

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    Marcie — November 15, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    I would have daydreams about this pasta, Georgia! I love everything about this.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 15, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    Love all of the melty cheese! Perfect pasta dish!

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    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — November 15, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    I love easy pasta dishes! This needs to be added to our weekly menu!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — November 15, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    My mouth is watering, Georgia. I could eat this every day!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — November 15, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    This looks like a quick weeknight keeper, can’t wait to try it!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 15, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    What a perfect pasta dish! And I love sausage – there’s this andouille sausage that I’m obsessed with at Tj’s. Can’t wait to use it in this!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — November 15, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    Definitely dream-worthy! I love every single thing here. I have a bunch of chicken sausages at home that sounds perfect for this!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — November 15, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    I’m sure I’ll dream of this one tonight! This looks so awesome, I love that cheesy sauce ;)

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    Gaby — November 15, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    Great addition to the weeknight dinner routine!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 15, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

    This looks fantastic, Georgia! I love one-pot meals!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 16, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    This skillet looks like comfort food at its best!

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    Ramona — November 16, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    Totally sharing this… I want to dive right in. :)

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — November 16, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    this sounds wonderful! i grew up eating smoked sausage all the time and haven’t had it for way too long. delicious!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — November 17, 2013 @ 12:27 am

    Oh mama is right! What a gorgeous pasta skillet! All my favorite ingredients in one pot. I just want to dive right in! Have a great week Georgia!

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    Jaclyn — November 17, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

    This looks delicious! Would love to have this for dinner!

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    honeywhatscooking — November 17, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    Looks so good.. I love the shape of the pasta dish. I just had smoked sausage at some Nola inspired restaurant in NYC for the first time and it was delicious. THis looks decadent.

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    Choc Chip Uru — November 18, 2013 @ 3:08 am

    Your pasta looks fantastic, so flavoursome especially with that sausage :D
    The colours are beautiful toO!

    Cheers
    CCU

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    Amanda Smith — November 18, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    Looks wonderful! Going to make it tomorrow night!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — November 19, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    I’d just need a fork! No plates, just a fork :)

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — November 21, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    I made this last night for dinner, but had kale on hand from the garden instead of spinach – it came out wonderful!

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    Sarah — December 3, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

    What kind of noodle did you use? It looks like an egg noodle to me. Is that right? Look forward to trying this!! Looks delish!

    Sarah

    • Georgia — December 4th, 2013 @ 8:14 am

      I believe they’re called dumpling noodles – same consistency as egg noodles, different shape. Hope you enjoy this dish!

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    Jenn — December 11, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    I made this last night, it was amazing. I made it with chorizo sausage for a little extra kick, and as we can’t get Monteray Jack cheese where I’m from, I substituted it with Harvati and it was perferct.

    The other half loved it too. He was so excited to take it to work for lunch today.

    This was definitely be a staple favourite in my house now.

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