Sausage Ragu with Spinach

Lunch / Dinner

Sausage Ragu with Spinach

Pasta is typically thought of as a quick dinner, but only if you buy jarred sauce, right? Not so. This pasta dish, with homemade sausage ragu, can be made within 30 minutes and is satisfying to boot. Serve this hearty pasta with a simple garlic bread made from ciabatta rolls. It doesn’t get any better than this!


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Test Kitchen Tip

This recipe has a touch of heat, thanks to red pepper flakes. Depending upon how big of a fan of spicy food you are, add more or less to your liking.


Cook penne in a pot of boiling salted water according to package directions; drain.

Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium-high. Add sausage and onions; sauté until sausage is cooked through and onions have softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, tomato paste, Italian herbs, and pepper flakes; cook until fragrant, 1 minute.

Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and simmer sauce 10 minutes.

Add penne and spinach; cook until spinach wilts. Stir in cream, then season ragu with salt and black pepper.


Cooking the sausage and onions together not only adds more flavor, it speeds up the cooking time, too.


Add the spinach to the ragu towards the end of cooking since it doesn’t take long for it to wilt down.


The cream doesn’t need to cook with everything else. Add it at the end just to heat it through.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 554

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 25g 38%

Saturated Fat 9g 45%

Cholesterol 83mg 27%

Sodium 721mg 30%

Carbs 58g 19%

Fiber 6g 24%

Protein 23g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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