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sausage pasta dinner

Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta

  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Delicious creamy pasta with sausage, tomatoes, and spinach.


Units Scale
  • l lb. of Italian sausage – (I used mild ground Italian sausage)
  • 1 small Vidalia onion – diced
  • 3/4 cup of chicken broth
  • 1&1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 12 oz. of rigatoni pasta – cooked and drained
  • 1 (5 0z.) jar sundried tomatoes – drained and cut
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach leaves


  • as you are cooking your pasta…
  • in a very large skillet, cook the sausage and onion together until the sausage is fully cooked and most of the oil has evaporated
  • remove the sausage and onion – place them in a bowl nearby
  • to the warm skillet, add broth, cream, cheese, and spices
  • mix well with the bits at the bottom of the skillet and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes or until it thickens up a bit
  • Add the drained sun-dried tomatoes, sausage, and onion – stir in
  • fold in the spinach and finally the pasta
  • serving suggestion: serve with garlic bread and salad


Make Ahead and Storage

Can I make this sausage pasta ahead of time?

Yes. Although this recipe is best served immediately, this pasta can be made in advance and reheated.

Reheating: Reheat in a skillet or saucepan on a stovetop adding equal amounts of cream and broth as needed.

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container and in the refrigerator

Freezing: I do not recommend freezing this pasta dish

What Do I Serve with Italian Sausage Pasta?

Tips and Tricks for making this pasta dinner:

  • if you are not a fan of basil, feel free to substitute it with your favorite Italian seasonings like oregano, or rosemary – or – leave it out and don’t substitute it. There are plenty of flavors coming from the chicken broth, tomatoes, and sausage to make up for it
  • if you can’t find rigatoni then you can use other tube pasta like penne
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Italian