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Sausage Spinach Pasta Toss Recipe

Sausage Spinach Pasta Toss

It’s Spinach Week here at Kitchen Stewardship®! I get to share one of our family’s favorite recipes today.

The first indication that it’s a winner is that Kraft Food and Family Magazine publishes it at least once a year, sometimes more.

Second is that my son always asks for seconds (he’s a good eater, but he likes to get to dessert most of the time and doesn’t waste time with seconds…which is why his pants are always falling down!). Finally, when I served the leftovers to a friend, she immediately asked for the recipe, and we joke about how often we both make it. It’s truly a go-to meal when you’re not sure what else to make.

If you forget the Parmesan cheese like I often do, there are only 5 ingredients, so you can do it from memory without searching for the recipe. Gotta love that!

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Sausage Spinach Pasta Toss

  • Author: Katie Kimball

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 c. uncooked short pasta
  • 1/2 lb. hot or mild Italian sausage, or try making homemade sausage
  • 7 c. (6 oz.) baby spinach leaves (about half a bag or box, or as much as you can fit in your skillet)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese


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Instructions

  1. Cook pasta as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, crumble meat into large skillet and cook through, stirring occasionally.
  3. Drain grease.
  4. Add spinach and tomatoes.
  5. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally.
  6. Drain pasta and add to meat mixture.
  7. Add cheeses and mix lightly.

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Click here to see ideas to use up the rest of the bag of spinach so you don’t waste!

Cost:  $2.50-4.30, depending on organic vs. conventional spinach and your meat selection. Just add salad and garlic toast for a complete meal!
Super foods:  2 (or up to five if you do some of the upgrades below!)

Healthy Upgrades:

  1. Use whole wheat pasta instead of white – lots more nutrition, but more $ as well
  2. Use ground turkey with homemade sausage seasoning instead of buying ready-made sausage; from pastured turkeys even better, or grass-fed ground beef works fine with Italian sausage seasoning
  3. Make your own Italian diced tomatoes (I had to learn to do this when I avoided all white sugar for 40 days)
Sausage and spinach Pasta Toss

“Homemade” Italian Diced Tomatoes

  • 1 can regular diced tomatoes, undrained (if you’re canning this summer’s bounty, what an amazing meal summer tomatoes would make in this dish!)
  • olive oil
  • a few cloves garlic (depending on your mood, I used 3 last time)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp basil
  • ½ tsp parsley
  • pinch rosemary
  • 1 tsp molasses (blackstrap adds iron)

Saute the garlic in olive oil for a minute, right with the already cooked and seasoned meat in this recipe. Add the molasses and stir so that it coats the meat, then the tomatoes and all the spices. Proceed with instructions for meal.

If you follow all the upgrades, you get 4 super foods (adding olive oil, turkey and fresh garlic), but you also end up with 16 ingredients instead of 5! Yowza! Make your choices wisely so you don’t burn out – not everything has to be homemade “from scratch!”

Sausage and Spinach Pasta Toss

What to do with the rest of the meat?

One of the reasons I love this recipe is that it allows me to stretch my meat budget (one pound for two meals). But what about another recipe with half a pound of meat, since you usually have to thaw the whole thing?

Options include:

  • Spaghetti with ½ pound of meat, or ½ pound plus an equal amount cooked lentils or pinto beans
  • Sloppy joes with ½ pound of meat and equal amount cooked lentils
  • Sausage patties for breakfast with your eggs
  • Add another pound of meat and make tacos
  • Add a few pounds of meat for meatloaf
  • Try your favorite ground meat casserole with just ½ a pound (but not if your husband’s FAVorite meal is lasagna!)
  • Use less meat (or make half a batch) in a recipe like Sausage, Bean and Kale Soup, Sausage Zucchini Bake, Turkey Chili, or…
  • Add meat to a recipe like Cuban Black Beans and Rice or Tuscan Bean Soup

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22 thoughts on “Sausage Spinach Pasta Toss Recipe”

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  3. Where do you get your mozzarella cheese? Or do you make it? I can’t ever find mine that cheap! It’s always over $5 a lb.

    1. Ashlee,
      I just buy it at Meijer on sale… It’s not special mozz cheese or anything, not even “fresh” mozz. Katie

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  5. very good! finally got around to making this tonight and used some great italian sausage from a local farm 🙂 seems like a recipe that can be customized for the seasons too!

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  7. Oh, this recipe was a life saver tonight, and my family loved it. We’ve been snowed in, and I was able to throw it together with items in my fridge and pantry. I’m hoping that some of the spinach even secretly made it’s way into my boys’ tummies. Thanks for your healthified tips, and spilling the secret about fennel seed. I may never buy italian sausage again! It was a hit and so easy. I love how you give us simple steps to take to feed our families better.
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  9. I receive that Kraft Foods magazine and I’ve always been tempted to try that recipe. I’m glad to read a great review for it. Now I am going to prepare it. ~ Robyn

  10. This sounds really good, fast and easy. Thanks for sharing it. Beginning August 5, I will be hosting Crock Pot Wednesday at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. I hope you will join in the fun and share in the prizes to be given away:)

  11. Lori (All That Splatters)

    I have a recipe similar to this, though it doesn’t contain the spinach. I think that would be a lovely addition. Your post is full of great ideas!

  12. What a wonderful post full of timely information. Thanks for sharing your tips and your recipes with us. You have some great ideas.

  13. SentimentsbyDenise

    Lots of good information in this post! Thanks for sharing! I like the recipe for the homemade diced tomatoes – similar to what I posted about, too!

  14. I can already tell I’m going to love this recipe! Spinach and sausage; two of my favorite flavors – I’m sold! Thanks for sharing it with TATT. 🙂

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  15. Looks like a great summer recipe, I always like the recipes with spinach, they add so much nutrition.

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