Whew! That title is a mouthful, right? That’s because this one-pot sausage pasta is seriously packed with some really good stuff! Like a creamy spinach sauce. And… a little heat. You’re going to love that the pasta cooks right in the sauce for the nights when life is busy and you need a quick meal. One pan pastabellissima!

skillet of sausage pasta with creamy spinach sauce and basil leaves and wooden paddle

You probably know that I’m an empty nester. That means some nights are sauteed chicken breasts (btw if you haven’t tried my method for cooking juicy chicken breasts, do it now!). And other nights are full blown big meals because Mama is in the mood to cook!

Most nights, we search for a super yummy quick recipe idea like this one pot pasta with sausage because it’s an easy recipe for two…I mean, c’mon…the pasta cooks in the sauce! Loooove!

Other pasta recipes like this you’ll ♥️: garlic and parmesan penne, pasta with arrabiata sauce or give our favorite sausage and peppers pasta a try…so good!

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The best sausage pasta

black bowl of sausage pasta with creamy sauce, spinach and fresh basil leaves

Italian sausage is meant to be in pasta (and pizza!) It adds so much flavor so make sure you choose a good bulk Italian sausage. My favorite Italian sausage is from a local meat market but stores like Fresh Market feature amazing bulk sausage right in the meat case. You just need about 1/2 lb for this recipe which makes it downright economical!

Ingredient highlights

While it looks like a long ingredient list, you’ll likely have most of these items your pantry. (Btw, I’m a biiiig fan of keeping a well-stocked Italian pantry and if you’re not on my email list, scroll down below and you’ll get a whole rundown of what you need to cook like an Italian!)

ingredients to make one pot sausage pasta including bow tie noodles, Italian sausage, spinach, herbs, broth and cream
Ingredients needed for one pot sausage pasta include sausage, chicken broth, bow tie pasta and seasoning

In addition to sausage, you’ll need:

  • Pasta. I love using bow ties, rigatoni, cellentani…any pasta that has some curves to hug the sauce and let the sausage tuck inside or around those bends.
  • Herbs and spices. A balanced blend of thyme, oregano, crushed red pepper.
  • Creamy spinach sauce. Chicken broth and heavy cream are kissed with a little tomato paste and handfuls of spinach and marry to bring the best flavor absorbed into the pasta.

⇢ You can find the full ingredient list + measurements in the recipe card directly below.

How to make one pan sausage pasta

saute pan of cooked Italian sausage and a wooden spatula.
Saute Italian sausage until browned.
skillet of onions and herbs being stirred by a wooden paddle
Add in tomato paste and caramelize followed by herbs and seasoning.
skillet of creamy pasta sauce being stirred by a wooden paddle.
Stir in broth and cream to onions.
bow tie noodles being stirred into skillet of creamy pasta sauce with a wooden paddle.
Add in bow tie pasta noodles.
skillet of bow tie noodles in a creamy tomato sauce being stirred by a wooden paddle
Cover and cook until creamy.
  • Cook up the Italian sausage in a large, deep skillet until browned and remove to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. NOTE: If you’re using link sausage, remove the casing first by using the tip of a sharp knife or scissors to remove the sausage casing.
  • Brown the onion in the sausage fat until golden. Add the garlic and cook just until you can smell it.
  • Squeeze in the tomato paste and sprinkle in the herbs, stirring to caramelize the paste for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the broth, heavy cream and stir in the pasta. Put on a lid and keep covered until the pasta is almost cooked.
  • Stir in the spinach and sausage until the spinach is wilted. Add more chicken broth as needed.
  • Serve with lots of parmesan cheese!

Pro Tips

➠ No peeking when making one pan pasta. Set a timer!

➠Make sure that your stove setting is on simmer (medium simmer if your stove has it) when making one pan pastas so that your sauce doesn’t boil and evaporate too quickly and absorbs into the pasta to cook it!


black bowl of one pan sausage pasta with creamy sauce and spinach
The best sausage pasta has a creamy sauce to add in some other great ingredients.

In addition to making this sausage and spinach pasta, you could try making it with:


Saute some mushrooms right after the sausage and remove them to set aside and add them back in when you add in the sausage.

Charred broccoli

My easy recipe for charring broccoli (or broccolini) would be a great add to this sausage one pot pasta in both flavor and color!

Make ahead, reheat and storage

Make ahead

Because everything cooks right in one pan, there really isn’t anything to “make ahead” in this sausage spinach pasta recipe.


On the stove. In a small skillet, heat over medium heat with a little extra chicken broth or heavy cream stirred in to make creamy again.

In the microwave. Heat in 30 second increments until warmed through.


Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

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skillet of sausage pasta with creamy spinach sauce and basil leaves and wooden paddle
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One-Pot Sausage Pasta with Creamy Sauce



  • In a large skillet with high sides and a lid, saute Italian sausage until cooked, crumbling with a wooden spoon. Remove sausage to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Add olive oil and heat for a few seconds. Saute onion for about 3 minutes until golden. Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Swirl in tomato paste, herbs and seasoning, cooking for 1- 2 minutes until the tomato paste is caramelized. Pour in the chicken broth, heavy cream, sprinkle of nutmeg and the pasta. Place the lid on the pan to cover. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the pasta is cooked. Check at 10 minute mark.
  • Sprinkle in sausage and spinach. Add butter and toss until spinach is wilted and butter is melted. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese. Garnish with fresh parsley or basil.


Sausage Notes:
  • You can use spicy sausage too but then adjust/delete crushed red pepper or the whole recipe will be pretty darn spicy!
  • If you’re using link sausage, remove the casing first by using the tip of a sharp knife or scissors to remove the sausage casing. Squeeze out the sausage into the pan.
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Lori Murphy
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