Italian Sausage and Spinach with Ziti
Italian Sausage & Spinach with Ziti
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
23 mins
Total Time
26 mins
 
This delicious sausage, spinach and pasta recipe will be done cooking in the time it takes to make the pasta. Perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, sausage, spinach
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 370 kcal
Ingredients
  • 16 oz ziti pasta uncooked
  • 16 oz. ground Italian sausage
  • 10 oz frozen spinach
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese optional
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook ziti package according to package directions.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. When hot, add garlic and simmer for 30 seconds. Add ground sausage and break into small pieces while cooking.

  3. While sausage is cooking, cut grape tomatoes in half and defrost the spinach in the microwave. Drain spinach of water and add it to the sausage along with the grape tomatoes.
  4. Add the tomato paste, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to the sausage and spinach mixture. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink and the tomatoes are soft. Add a 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water to the sausage mixture.
  5. Combine cooked ziti with the sausage and spinach mixture and serve.

Recipe Notes

The preparation time is completed during the cook time in this recipe. The time to boil water is counted in the thirty minutes. Therefore, in the time it takes to boil the water and cook the pasta, the sausage mixture will be done cooking and ready to mix in with the cooked pasta.