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Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta

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Chicken sausage, pasta, and spinach are coated in a creamy tomato sauce for this easy 30 minute meal the entire family will love!


  • 12 ounce pasta (thicker pasta such as penne)
  • 5 links (16 ounce package) Italian chicken sausage
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 24 ounce can marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups frozen spinach (3 cups if raw fresh spinach)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a large skillet, add a cup of water and simmer sausages over medium high heat until cooked through.
  3. Remove sausages from pan and slice into rounds. Return to pan and cook 4-5 minute to brown.
  4. Add olive oil and garlic to pan and cook one minute, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  5. Add marinara, heavy cream, spinach, and red pepper. Stir to mix.
  6. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium. Simmer until spinach is cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Drain pasta and toss with sauce. Serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.


  • if using precooked sausage skip step 2
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: pasta
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 400
  • Sugar: 7.4 g
  • Sodium: 721.7 mg
  • Fat: 13.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 52 g
  • Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Protein: 16.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 47.7 mg