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This is going on my permanent recipe rotation…made it tonight, and it was easy and excellent! I used a quality premade sauce, added some garlic, red onion and zucchini. Used elbow macaroni because that’s what I had in the pantry. Did everything else as written. I used a cast iron skillet, and did opt to bake at the end. Thank you SO MUCH for this top notch dinner!
When would I add other vegetables and could I use mushrooms?
Hi, Ouids! Yes, you can use mushrooms. I would saute them with the onions when you make the pasta sauce. As far as when and where to add other vegetables it would depend on the vegetables you want to add. If it’s sliced bell peppers you could add them with the onions when you make the pasta sauce or after you’ve browned the sausage. (If you aren’t make the pasta sauce from scratch, then I would add the mushrooms after you’ve browned the sausage as well. Use a slotted spoon to remove the browned sausage from the pan, add the mushrooms, bell peppers, or broccoli. Saute it until fork tender, then add the sausage back to the pan and finish the recipe as written.
Happy to help!
It was a great meal! My husband and son loved it too! :)
Delicious – so fresh and tasty. Even my picky 10 y.o ate it. Thank you!
This was so easy to make and delicious.
I made with leftover chicken chunks and leftover sausage.. delicious! The kids didn’t even complain about the spinach
That’s the good thing about spinach! you can’t taste it when its with other things. I made a smoothie the other day with salted caramel protein powder, and 80g spinach (which you can imagine is a lot) and it just tasted like a salted caramel milkshake!! if you didn’t see that it was green you could probably fool kids into believing it was one :’)
This is delicious! We made it vegetarian by using a “faux sausage.” It’s fresh and tasty. Leftovers also yummy!
Is there any way you can give me the serving size and calories per serving please?
Hi, Brittany! This is my favorite nutrition calculator for recipes: https://www.verywell.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4129594. Plug all the ingredients and amounts into that, divide by the number of servings, and you’re good to go. (Unfortunately, I don’t know the volume of each serving for this recipe.)
2 questions. Will pork sausage work? How might I convert to an instant pot recipe for a 1 pot meal? I have done uncooked pasta and meat sauce in the instant pot and been pleased with the results.
Hi, Cathy! Yes, pork sausage is just fine. It’s not always pre-cooked (the way chicken sausage is) so just be sure it’s cooked all the way through in Step 4. I’m not sure on the Instant Pot conversion. I’ll check with Coco Morante, our resident Instant Pot expert at Simply Recipes, and see if she has any good suggestions. Thanks!
Hi Cathy! If you’re making this in the Instant Pot, here’s what I’d try: Take the shortcut of using store-bought marinara and start at Step 4, making the sausage and spinach sauce in the Instant Pot on its “Sauté” setting. Then, add 1 1/2 cups water along with the 8 ounces of uncooked pasta, put the lid on the pot, and cook it on the “Manual” setting for 5 minutes with a 5 minute natural pressure release. At that point, you could either transfer everything to an oven-safe dish and bake with the cheese on top, or just stir in the cheese and serve.
You may need to tweak the amount of liquid a bit, but that’s where I’d start!
I would literally eat this for dinner every night for the rest of my life. Pasta, cheese and sausage. In LOVE with this!
What is a “large skillet”? Ten inch? Twelve inch?
This is absolutely fantastic. My boyfriend made it the other night (it’s practically fool proof) and is so delicious!
This is great!!!!!
This is a great inspiration, Lisa. I am going to make this with torn, pre-cooked lasagna noodles that I’ll stir in at the last moment. I will make my own small meatballs instead of sausage, and along with spinach, I’ll use some kale and cubed yellow summer squash. I also make my own tomato sauce. Thank you!
That pasta looks so satisfying right now…definitely something my whole family will devour!
This is a perfect midweek meal, nutritious and delicious! I love the addition of spinach!