Creamy Sausage Pasta recipe is guaranteed to be a weeknight favorite in your house! Within 30 minutes you’ll be enjoying a heaping plate of fettuccine, browned sausage, and fresh spinach all in simply made, creamy pesto sauce.
Creamy Sausage Pasta
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So here we are again. Our lives are back to “normal” – morning chaos, brief calm, after school chaos, then complete exhaustion.
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Creamy Sausage Pasta takes less than 30 minutes to throw together, so it’s perfect for those crazy weeknights. Plus, this recipe has veggies, protein, and grains covered all in one dish with spinach, sausage, and pasta.
How to Make Creamy Sausage Pasta
- Cook pasta according to directions. During the last minute add spinach to boiling pasta water to wilt. Drain and set aside.
- While pasta is boiling, brown sausage. Remove from pan and keep warm while making creamy pesto sauce.
- Melt butter in skillet and add half and half.
- Bring to a simmer and add salt, lemon zest, pesto, and ground nutmeg.
- Toss pasta, spinach, and sausage in sauce. Add parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
Recipes, such as Creamy Sausage Pasta, reflect how I like to cook for my own family and also the recipes I share on the blog. Gourmet-quality dishes that taste time-consuming, but involve real food and simple directions are my absolute GO-TO.
For this recipe, I used bagged, pre-washed spinach, prepared pesto, and COLEMAN ORGANIC® Spinach Chicken Sausage.
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With our new “normal” of hectic weeknights, here are some other quick meal ideas you can use with COLEMAN NATURAL FOODS® products.
More Easy Weeknight Dinners:
- Quick and Easy Taco Dogs
- No Fuss Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
- Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion, Sausage Goulash
- Cranberry Dijon Pretzel Chicken
- Easy Mongolian Beef
- Smoked Sausage with Cheddar Apple Potato Hash
- Cranberry Apple Skillet Pork Medallions
- Healthy Tortilla Crusted Buffalo Chicken
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Creamy Sausage Pasta
- 12 ounces dried fettuccine, regular or gluten free
- 8 ounce bag fresh spinach
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 12 ounce COLEMAN ORGANIC® Spinach Chicken Sausage, sliced into 1" medallions
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 cup half and half
- zest of 1 lemon
- pinch ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup prepared pesto
- 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- fresh ground pepper
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as label directs for "al dente." Just before pasta is done cooking, remove about 1/2 cup of pasta water and set aside. Add the spinach, give a brief stir to wilt, and drain pasta with spinach.
- While pasta is boiling, heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Once it's hot, add COLEMAN ORGANIC® Spinach Chicken Sausage medallions and sauté for 5 minutes, or until golden brown on each side. Remove sausage to a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm.
- Lower the temperature of skillet to medium low and melt butter. Add the half and half, lemon zest, nutmeg, salt, and pesto. Bring the liquid to a simmer and add drained pasta with spinach. Use tongs to toss and coat pasta in sauce. Stir in cheese and season with more salt and pepper. If you need to loosen the sauce to coat the pasta, stir in just enough pasta water until the sauce thins out. Stir in cooked sausage.
- Divide among plates and top with more parmesan and pepper, if desired.
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- Reserve some pasta water in case you need to thin out the creamy pesto sauce to coat pasta and sausage.
- Do not add the parmesan cheese until the very end. Adding it directly to the sauce before tossing with pasta will cause it to get clumpy.
- Heavy cream can also be substituted for the half and half for an even creamier dish.
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