16 ounces penne or rigatoni pasta,regular or gluten free*
1poundbulk mild or spicy sweet Italian sausage,
24ouncejar marinara sauce
8ounce package cream cheese (regular or light),cubed
5ouncesfresh baby spinach
Cook pasta in a large pot of salt boiling water according to directions for al dente. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile heat a large deep skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage, breaking it up into smaller pieces as it cooks. Once sausage is browned and no longer pink, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds longer.
Reduce heat to medium and add marinara, scraping up browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add spinach, handfuls at a time, and stir until wilted.
If skillet is large enough add cooked pasta to sausage sauce and stir gently to coat. Otherwise pour pasta into a serving bowl or casserole dish and pour sauce over it. Stir to combine.
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Sausage Pasta BakeItalian Sausage Pasta dish can easily be turned into baked pasta dish.
Mix the creamy sausage sauce with al dente penne or rigatoni pasta.
Pour into a 9X13 casserole dish and top with 1 1/2-2 cups shredded mozzarella.
Bake in 350ºF oven for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted. To make the top golden and bubby, finish off with a 1 minute broil.
Substituting Gluten Free PastaCreamy sausage pasta can also be made with gluten free pasta.When cooking gluten free pasta the important thing to remember is to not overcook the pasta! It has a tendency to get mushy and not hold its shape due to the lack of gluten.Boil the pasta according to the "al dente" time on the package. If you plan on making the Sausage Pasta Bake, decrease the cooking time by half.