Baked Pasta with Sausage and Spinach

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Cheesy baked pasta made with Italian chicken sausage, mozzarella, ricotta, Pecorino Romano and spinach. Perfect to feed a hungry family!

Cheesy baked pasta made with Italian chicken sausage, mozzarella, ricotta, Pecorino Romano and spinach (but don't worry, no one will care about the green stuff). Perfect to feed a hungry family!
Baked Pasta with Sausage and Spinach

If you don’t want to make such a large amount, you can easily halve this recipe. Italian turkey or chicken sausage works great, use whichever is available near you. For a meatless version, try this Baked Ziti with Spinach recipe.

Pasta in a bowl with Sausage and Spinach

This is also easy to make ahead, then pop it in the oven when you are ready to eat. If you like to freeze meals ahead for the month, this freezes well after baking. To freeze, I like to cut it in portions when it’s cold, then wrap them in plastic and freeze individually. When frozen you can put them in large freezer bags and label them so you can take out as many or few pieces as you want at a time.

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Cheesy baked pasta made with Italian chicken sausage, mozzarella, ricotta, Pecorino Romano and spinach (but don't worry, no one will care about the green stuff). Perfect to feed a hungry family!
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Baked Pasta with Sausage and Spinach

398 Cals 27.5 Protein 44 Carbs 12.5 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Cheesy baked pasta made with Italian chicken sausage, mozzarella, ricotta, Pecorino Romano and spinach (but don't worry, no one will care about the green stuff). Perfect to feed a hungry family!

Ingredients

  • olive oil spray
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 8 oz fat-free ricotta
  • 8 oz part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • 14 oz uncooked sweet Italian chicken sausage, removed from casing
  • 12 oz rigatoni pasta, wheat or gluten-free
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves smashed garlic, roughly chopped
  • 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 4 cups Quick Marinara Sauce, or jarred

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375F. Spray a 9- x13-inch baking dish with olive oil spray.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, 6 tablespoons of the Pecorino Romano cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese.
  • Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet, brown the sausage breaking up into small bits until cooked through; set aside.
  • Add the oil to the skillet and sauté garlic about a minute, careful not to burn. Add spinach and season with a little salt and pepper and cook another minute.
  • Return the sausage to the skillet and add the marinara sauce; cook on low about 2-3 minutes.
  • When the pasta water comes to a boil, cook pasta according to instructions for al dente, but undercook them by 4 minutes less; drain and return to pot.
  • Put half of the cooked pasta into the prepared baking dish and top with half of the meat sauce. Spoon the ricotta mixture on top of the sauce in an even layer. Cover with the remaining pasta and the remaining sauce. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake for an additional 6-7 minutes or until the mozzarella is melted and the edges are lightly browned.

Nutrition

Serving: 13/4 cups, Calories: 398kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 27.5g, Fat: 12.5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 636mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 1.5g
WW Points Plus: 10
Keywords: Baked Pasta, Baked Pasta with Sausage, Cheesy baked pasta, healthy pasta dishes, italian pasta recipes

 

 

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214 comments

  1. Loved it!!!  I used fresh spinach and mild Italian sausage instead of chicken sausage.  

  2. My adult niece wants a baked vegetable pasta dinner for her b-day dinner, She much prefers pesto, what do people think, who’ve made this, sub pesto for marinara, or 1/2? Any thoughts? Thank you!!!!!!11

  3. Made this last night – eyeballed ingredients (vegan sausage from lightlife cooked with onions and garlic separately, TRader Joe’s garlic pasta sauce and frozen spinach with some cream and shredded parm, plus fresh mozz and some white cheddar on top) but kept the times you mentioned for baking. Honestly, great idea and great hit at home! My fiance loved it. Plus it made tons of leftovers.

  4. Could not find fat free ricotta so I used part skim it was delicious 

  5. Definitely a hit at our place. Used fresh spinach instead of frozen and deglazed with a bit of white wine before adding the marinara sauce. A keeper!

  6. My husband and I both loved this! The only change I’ll make next time is to use fresh spinach instead of frozen. I won’t precook it as it will wilt enough in the oven.