Tomato, Spinach & Sausage Pasta Toss


Mr. Wishes and I have been trying to make some lighter meals lately now that summer is here and this is a dish I threw together Monday night for dinner.  It was just something quick and easy to put together and I was completely amazed at how flavorful, yet simple, it was.  It was even more flavorful than I thought it was going to be.  I love it when that happens!  It’s not that often I throw dinners together without a recipe and it turns out well!

This recipe is light, but hearty enough to fill you up.  Mr. Wishes doesn’t like a lot of spice in his food, but I bet some crushed red pepper would be excellent in this dish!

As is, it is kid-friendly, easy and delicious.  I definitely plan on making it again.  Here are some other healthier/lightened-up recipes I have posted recently:  Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Burgers, Thai Quinoa Chicken Bowl, Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Have a great Wednesday!

Tomato & Spinach Pasta Toss Recipe.  Healthy and easy!


2 cups pasta, uncooked

1/2 lb. Italian sausage (or any sausage)

1 clove of garlic, minced

1pkg. (6 oz.) baby spinach leaves

1 can  (14-1/2 oz.) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained

1 and 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning

Pinch of salt


Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet on medium-high heat and cook sausage 10 to 12 minutes or until done, stirring occasionally. If using sausage LINKS that you cut up, add some olive oil to pan before heating.

Add minced garlic and cook with sausage until fragrant.  Don’t let the garlic burn, keep it moving.  Drain (if you used ground sausage, if not, no need to drain the olive oil); return sausage to skillet. Add spinach, tomatoes along with their juices, Italian seasoning, and salt; cook 2 min. or until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta; return to pan. Add sausage mixture and cheese; mix lightly.

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54 Responses to “Tomato, Spinach & Sausage Pasta Toss”

  1. June 19, 2013 at 7:33 AM #

    Can’t beat simple pasta dishes like this! Sounds like something I could eat every night!

    • June 19, 2013 at 9:20 AM #

      This is true! 🙂 Thanks, Marie.

  2. June 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM #

    I love tomato and spinach, two of my favorite veggies! This looks perfect!

  3. June 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM #

    Mmm I love sausage in pasta, this sounds awesome! Feel free to stop by my link party and share your Facebook page 🙂

    • June 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM #

      Hi Eric! Your site doesn’t let me sign in as a guest when I use the Disquis like some other sites do. Otherwise I would!

  4. June 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM #

    This pasta dish is calling my name! Look scrumptious Ashley. 🙂

    • June 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM #

      Oh thanks so much, Anne!

  5. June 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM #

    Pasta must be in the air 🙂 I am loving your combo. We have pasta in the menu for tomorrow so maybe I will add some healthy sausage to it!!

    • June 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM #

      Pasta’s always in the air in my house! haha

  6. June 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

    I love easy pasta dishes like this, especially with rigatoni. And I love that you call your husband Mr. Wishes, lol. 🙂

    • June 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM #

      He loves it too, Sarah (ha ha)

  7. June 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM #

    Oh this looks delicious! Tomato and spinach is a lovely combination, and I bet mushrooms would taste good too, if you like that (:

    • June 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM #

      I happen to LOVE mushrooms! Great idea!

  8. June 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM #

    Delicious looking pasta!

  9. June 19, 2013 at 8:47 PM #

    Red pepper flakes for me, please! Spicy I like. And this I like, too. Really nice combo of flavors, and so easy to prepare. Perfect dish! Thanks so much.

    • June 19, 2013 at 11:35 PM #

      Thank YOU, John!!

  10. June 19, 2013 at 9:03 PM #

    I love light recipe that I don’t feel guilty eating and definitely is a plus when it’s also hearty. This is definitely on my to make weeknight meal.

    • June 19, 2013 at 11:35 PM #

      Yes, those are the best kind of recipes! Thanks, Amy!

  11. June 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM #

    I LOVE the simplicity of this dish! I need to try this with vegan sausage!

    • June 19, 2013 at 11:35 PM #

      I bet that would be delish!!

  12. June 20, 2013 at 2:43 AM #

    Tomatoes, spinach, and sausage – tossed together over pasta – you just made one of my most favorite dinners!!! Yum-yum-yum!

    • June 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM #

      Aww thanks, Julia!

  13. June 20, 2013 at 7:07 AM #

    I love pasta. This looks insanely good Ashley!!

    • June 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM #

      I’d have to say, pasta is the best! 🙂

  14. June 20, 2013 at 1:22 PM #

    Gotta love those simple yet flavorful dishes! This pasta looks delicious!

    • June 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM #

      Yes, they’re the best! Thanks!!

  15. June 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM #

    I love pasta dishes, and this one is no exception! It looks SO GOOD!!

  16. June 21, 2013 at 7:52 AM #

    Kevin would adore this if I made it for him! And he loves some spice, so thanks for the suggestion to add red pepper!

    • June 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM #

      Thanks, Sally! Next time I’m going to add red pepper to just my portion 🙂

  17. June 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM #

    Extra red pepper for me, I like things spiiiiiiiicy! 🙂 but forrreal, how yummy does this look after a busy day? Totally light yet filling. And I could go on for daaaays about how much I love spinach!

    • June 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM #

      Next time I’m going to give my portion lots of red pepper! I love spicy food, too 🙂

  18. June 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM #

    I love a good recipe for pasta anytime 😀
    This looks delish!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • June 22, 2013 at 1:06 AM #

      Good…we are on the same page then 🙂

  19. June 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM #

    Sounds yummy! I’ve been looking for lighter, simple summer meals too. 🙂

    • June 23, 2013 at 12:44 AM #

      Thanks, Claire!! Lighter meals are the best in the summer

  20. June 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM #

    this is such a perfect pasta dish for summer! love it!

  21. June 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM #

    This looks like a wonderful pasta dish. I make an Italian sausage pasta and yes, it’s my go-to recipe for when I need something quick on the table that requires only a few ingredients and little effort. I also add a bit of chilli! xx

    • June 24, 2013 at 12:54 AM #

      Chili is great in a pasta dish I bet!

  22. June 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM #

    I love last minute pasta dishes where you kind of just throw in what you have! Sometimes, that’s the best way to surprise yourself with a favorite new dish!

    • June 25, 2013 at 1:49 AM #

      Yes, I totally agree!! Thanks so much<, Trish!

  23. June 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM #

    I love easy pasta dishes like this! I am tempted to make some for dinner tonight!

    • June 25, 2013 at 11:40 PM #

      Thanks, Bianca! I hope you try it out!

  24. June 27, 2013 at 8:45 PM #

    I love easy pasta dishes for dinner. This looks delicious!

    • June 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM #

      Same here…they are the best!!

  25. June 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM #

    This looks like a great, easy weeknight pasta dish. Yum!

    • June 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM #

      Thank you, Ashley! I appreciate you stopping by!

  26. June 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM #

    I not only love this because of how great it will taste, but it uses just the amount of spinach I have left… perfect! Thanks Ashley!

    • June 28, 2013 at 4:08 PM #

      I’m glad you can put that spinach to good use!

  27. July 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM #

    This is such a lovely dish, Ashley! I’ve pinned it to my Savory Dishes board!

    • July 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM #

      Awww thanks so much, Julie!

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