This creamy Italian sausage pasta is coated in a light, garlic, cheesy cream sauce and filled with Italian sausage, mushrooms and spinach. It's the one pan recipe that will be your new favorite weeknight dinner.
1poundground Italian sausage, sweet or spicy
1/2largesweet onion, diced
8ouncesbaby bella mushrooms, sliced
1Tablespoonfresh thyme, minced
1 and 1/2teaspoonssalt
1teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
5cupslow-sodium chicken broth
1/4cupheavy whipping cream
1(6 ounce)bag baby spinach
1/4cupgrated parmesan cheese
juice of half a lemon
In a large pot, like a dutch oven, cook the sausage over medium-high heat. As the sausage starts to cook, break it up with a spatula until almost cooked— about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the onions, mushrooms, thyme and garlic.
Stir in the chicken broth, while gently rubbing the bottom of the pan with a spatula to lift up the flavor bits. Bring to a boil, just as you would water for pasta. Once boiling, stir in the pasta and cover the pot with a lid. The cook time will vary depending on the type of pasta that is used, for penne it's about 11-13 minutes.
Once the pasta is cooked stir in the heavy cream, parmesan cheese and spinach. Then, add the lemon juice. Serve immedately. Garnish with parmesan cheese, if desired.
The pasta stays fresh for up to 1 week when stored in the refrigerator.
Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: The sausage mixture can be cooked up to 2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. The day of, start at step 2. This recipe can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat as desired.
Sausage: You can use Italian sweet or spicy regular sausage or turkey sausage.
Chicken Broth: Using the chicken broth provides more flavor. If you don't have it on hand, you can use water. You might need to add a bit more salt at the end.
Cheese: If you need this recipe to be dairy-free you can omit this.
Heavy Cream: Any type of milk works— I’ve used dairy-free milks too, typically oat milk.
Pasta: This recipe works best with a short pasta like penne, rotini or rigatoni. The cook time will vary depending on the pasta that you use.