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!
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.
Can’t beat simple pasta dishes like this! Sounds like something I could eat every night!
This is true! 🙂 Thanks, Marie.
I love tomato and spinach, two of my favorite veggies! This looks perfect!
Mmm I love sausage in pasta, this sounds awesome! Feel free to stop by my link party and share your Facebook page 🙂
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!
This pasta dish is calling my name! Look scrumptious Ashley. 🙂
Oh thanks so much, Anne!
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!!
Pasta’s always in the air in my house! haha
I love easy pasta dishes like this, especially with rigatoni. And I love that you call your husband Mr. Wishes, lol. 🙂
He loves it too, Sarah (ha ha)
Oh this looks delicious! Tomato and spinach is a lovely combination, and I bet mushrooms would taste good too, if you like that (:
I happen to LOVE mushrooms! Great idea!
Delicious looking pasta!
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.
Thank YOU, John!!
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.
Yes, those are the best kind of recipes! Thanks, Amy!
I LOVE the simplicity of this dish! I need to try this with vegan sausage!
I bet that would be delish!!
Tomatoes, spinach, and sausage – tossed together over pasta – you just made one of my most favorite dinners!!! Yum-yum-yum!
Aww thanks, Julia!
I love pasta. This looks insanely good Ashley!!
I’d have to say, pasta is the best! 🙂
Gotta love those simple yet flavorful dishes! This pasta looks delicious!
Yes, they’re the best! Thanks!!
I love pasta dishes, and this one is no exception! It looks SO GOOD!!
Kevin would adore this if I made it for him! And he loves some spice, so thanks for the suggestion to add red pepper!
Thanks, Sally! Next time I’m going to add red pepper to just my portion 🙂
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!
Next time I’m going to give my portion lots of red pepper! I love spicy food, too 🙂
I love a good recipe for pasta anytime 😀
This looks delish!
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Good…we are on the same page then 🙂
Sounds yummy! I’ve been looking for lighter, simple summer meals too. 🙂
Thanks, Claire!! Lighter meals are the best in the summer
this is such a perfect pasta dish for summer! love it!
Thank you, Jenn!
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
Chili is great in a pasta dish I bet!
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!
Yes, I totally agree!! Thanks so much<, Trish!
I love easy pasta dishes like this! I am tempted to make some for dinner tonight!
Thanks, Bianca! I hope you try it out!
I love easy pasta dishes for dinner. This looks delicious!
Same here…they are the best!!
This looks like a great, easy weeknight pasta dish. Yum!
Thank you, Ashley! I appreciate you stopping by!
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!
I’m glad you can put that spinach to good use!
This is such a lovely dish, Ashley! I’ve pinned it to my Savory Dishes board!
Awww thanks so much, Julie!