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Creamy Tuscan sausage pasta in a stainless steel pot with a wooden spatula.

Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x

Description

Creamy Tuscan sausage pasta is a comforting mix of pasta, Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach smothered in a rich cream sauce.


Ingredients

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  • 16 oz. rigatoni pasta
  • 1 lb. ground Italian sausage, mild, sweet, or hot
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine/chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 3 oz. fresh baby spinach, about 3 cups tightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley/basil to garnish, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water according to the package directions until al dente. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, brown the sausage in a large skillet. Break up any clumps and brown until slightly golden around the edges, about 5 minutes. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Melt butter, add in olive oil and saute sun-dried tomatoes for about 1 minute (see notes).
  4. Toss in garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low, pour in white wine or chicken broth and scrape off any stuck-on browned bits from the pan.
  6. Add heavy cream and bring to a gentle boil. Add Parmesan cheese in batches, stirring until the cheese melts smoothly into the sauce.
  7. Season with Italian seasoning, paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  8. Add baby spinach and stir until the spinach wilts into the sauce.
  9. Add cooked sausage and pasta and toss to fully coat in the sauce.
  10. Sprinkle with fresh parsley, basil, or extra Parmesan cheese and dish and serve hot.
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute the spinach – You can substitute spinach with fresh basil, asparagus spears, bell peppers, mushrooms, or broccoli.
  • Add more flavor – Saute some freshly chopped yellow onions in the butter for more flavor.
  • Add some zest – Add more vibrant flavors with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Add some bite– Add a little bite by adding a teaspoon of Dijon mustard to the cream sauce.
  • Add some heat – Add a few dashes of crushed red pepper for some heat.
  • Make it richer – For a richer, Alfredo-like sauce, add more grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Sautéing in sun-dried oil – You can use sun-dried oil instead of olive oil while sautéing the garlic to add more flavor.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
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