Italian Sausage in Tomato Spinach Sauce with Pasta

Love that Italian sausage and this time I wanted it cooked inside instead of on the grill.  Good thing that it was made last night because today they are predicting the heat index to be around 105!  So it will definitely be back to the grill tonight.

I didn’t grow up eating a lot of pasta; just the usual macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs and occasionally lasagna.  There is such a wide variety of pasta now, it’s amazing and I like them all. 

We definitely never had Italian sausage back then when living on the farm in Ohio and having our own pork sausage made.  That is a whole other story from years ago.  My grandfather had a great recipe for making pork sausage and it was a wonderful thing; nothing like the store bought.  Bill would wholeheartedly agree!

This Italian sausage with pasta is cooked in a tomato sauce with a spinach addition.  We destroyed this quickly and liked every single bite of it!

Italian Sausage with Tomato and Spinach Pasta


½ pound rigatoni
1 pound hot Italian sausage links
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 large can tomato sauce
½ teaspoon each, dried oregano and basil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ pound baby spinach, chopped
¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Cook rigatoni per package directions, drain well and set aside.
Cut sausage into bite-sized pieces.
Heat olive oil in skillet, add sausage and sauté.
Remove sausage when cooked.
Add garlic, sauté.
Place tomato sauce in skillet.
Add oregano, basil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
Bring to a simmer.
Add spinach; cooking until wilted.
Add sausage and rigatoni to mixture.
Heat thoroughly.
Serve with parmesan cheese.



  1. This is perfect for us as we clean out the pantry! Thanks.

  2. I love anything with pasta and Italian sausage!! This looks sooooo good! I feel for you on the's suppose to be 112 here today!!! OUCH!!

  3. We love pasta and continental sausages so this sounds like a good one to me. Diane

  4. Hi Pam,
    What a delicious meal. I love italian flavours.

  5. Mmmm...I just love pasta and this looks delicious. Could so go for some right now. :)

  6. Pam, I really love this kind of casserole. It looks amazing, as does that cherry pie below. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings...Mary

  7. Wow, I should have come to your house for dinner! This looks fantastic!

  8. looks delicious...I love pasta meals!

  9. I love anything with pasta in it and I love Italian sausage! My love of Italian sausage came from my mom, she loved it. Growing up we ate it a lot! She would put it in our spaghetti, on pizza, and she makes incredible Italian sausage sandwiches.

  10. Sounds delicious and I just love Italian sausage.

  11. Anything with Italian sausage makes my man very happy so...I'm saving this one.

  12. I can eat sausage and pasta anytime, any day. :)

  13. Sounds like a hearty and delicious meal. This is my kind of comfort food:)

  14. sounds great my mouth is watering!

  15. WOW is all I have to say. That look AMAZING!

  16. Oooo pasta. I could sit down happily with a bowl of this. this is my kind of comfort food.

  17. Hah, I just posted with italian sausage too :) No hot for me, I like the mild or hot. I do love the addition of the spinach in yours.

  18. Love the flavors and texture of this dish.. yumm.

  19. This really is my kind of comfort food!

  20. SnoWhite, you are so right! It works!

    Jenn, it was a hot one, our hottest this summer! Thanks for the visit!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, thanks! Glad you like it, Diane!

    À LA GRAHAM, me too! They're easy and good!

    Linda, lucky you! I'm sure your mom is a great cook just like you! I never had Italian sausage until I moved here. It's a wonderful thing!

    Big Dude, thanks! It certainly isn't lacking in flavor!

    Sage, I know what you mean! Most men really like Italian sausage!

    Little Inbox, I so agree! Any time works!

    Raina, there's nothing like comfort food, right?

    Karen Deborah, wish I could give you a serving! ;)

    Clements Family, thanks! It was a good meal!

    M @ Betty Crapper, wish I could pass the bowl over to you! Thank you!

    Carla and Michael, you're with my hubby! He prefers mild especially if it is a sandwich!

    RV, it was a good dish! Thanks for stopping by!

    Dave, you said it all! Thanks!

    Joanne, it is! Have a good day!

  21. My son adore spaguetti, he loves italian Pam, xxx gloria

  22. Gloria, great with your son! He knows whats good!

  23. thanks for a great recipe -- we enjoyed this very much for dinner tonight!!

  24. SnoWhite, great! I'm glad you tried it and liked it!

  25. This is a recipe where every ingredient sounds terrific. I can just imagine it all blended together.

    Pam, I like your blog. You have made it into a welcoming place.

  26. Sweet and Savory, it all blends just right! Thanks so much for your kind comment! You are the best and you know I love your blog as I'm there so often!


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