Sausage and Spinach Orecchiette

Sausage and Spinach Orecchiette 4.60/5 (5 votes)

Super quick and packed with amazing flavor. Doesn't get much better than that on a Monday night! Choose your favorite sausage. I actually went for an Andouille and it added a little kick of spice. Adding spinach really rounds out the flavors and makes a nice simple meal!

Sausage and Spinach Orecchiette



  • 8 ounces Orecchiette pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 28 ounces tomato
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Brown sausage links on all sides. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 1" pieces.
  4. Add garlic to the skillet and cook for just a minute or two; being careful not to brown.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes, sugar, salt and oregano.
  6. Add sausage, cover, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid and add spinach.
  8. Toss to incorporate and let wilt.
  9. Plate cooked pasta and top with sauce.
  10. Garnish with parmesan, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories 635 Fat 32 Sat Fat 10 Sodium 865 Carbs54 Sugars 8 Fiber 4 Protein 37.


KID NOTE: Clean plates all around!

VEGETARIAN TIP: Skip the sausage and add mushrooms and onions.

GLUTEN MODIFICATIONS: Use a gluten free pasta.


  1. Palebrew says:

    I made this without the spinach as I can’t have it anymore and it was just amazing. We all loved this meal.

  2. KusmierFamily says:

    The kids loved this! It made such a yummy sauce. I used some bulk Italian sausage that I had on hand.

  3. Leigh says:

    Loved this sauce! I used ground spicy sausage.

  4. landiswan says:

    Made this for my family tonight. The sauce tasted as right, but next time I’ll be subbing it with a cream based tomato sauce and using some of the pasta water to flavor. I used Johnsonville mild Italian brats and a spring greens mix, and they were wonderful.

  5. Kris10Matthews says:

    This was great! And even my skeptical 4 year old loved it. For next time, what do you mean by 28 oz tomato? I used a 28oz can of whole tomatoes but wondered if you had something more specific in mind? Thanks!

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