Pasta is a huge staple in our household. It’s the one thing that all three of us will eat, and I can make pasta in so many ways that we rarely get bored.
I’m also a fan of easy meals. With ADHD, I get overwhelmed with complicated recipes and lots of ingredients. So any time I can take shortcuts, I’m all about it!
This Chicken Sausage Spinach Pasta recipe is SO easy to put together. It uses pre-cooked chicken sausage and a chopped onion and pepper blend to save time. The Parmesan cheese adds a great flavor and you can change the taste with different flavors of chicken sausage and tomato sauce.
This is a 20 minute meal, making it a good option for busy weeknights!
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You can find all of these easily at your local grocery store. I use Wal Mart grocery pickup, which is a huge time-saver when it comes to shopping!
- Any type of pasta
- Chicken sausages (I used chicken apple sausage, but any kind of sausage will work)
- Spaghetti sauce or marinara sauce
- Frozen peppers and onions
- Baby spinach
- Salt and black pepper
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Red pepper flakes
- Frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach- it may be slightly watery, but it should be fine!
- Shredded mozzarella cheese on top
How to make
Boil a large pot of water, then add pasta, cooking on medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes until al dente.
Meanwhile, slice the chicken sausages into small rounds.
Pour a jar of pasta sauce into a medium pot and add the chicken sausages and peppers and onions. Place a lid on top and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
After the sauce has heated, add the spinach and salt and pepper, and cook another 3-4 minutes until the spinach is wilted.
Divide the cooked pasta and sauce mixture into 4 bowls, and top with grated Parmesan. Serve with your favorite sides.
How to store
Once the leftover pasta has cooled to room temperature, store in an airtight container in the fridge. Use up within 3-5 days.
The next day, you can reheat in the microwave in 1-minute increments.
You may be able to turn these into freezer meals, too! I’ve never specifically frozen this recipe, but the ingredients are easily freezable. Put them in a freezer-safe container and label it before freezing. They’ll stay fresh for up to 3 months!
What to serve with this
This meal is basically already well-rounded! It’s got protein, carbs, and vegetables. But if you’re like me, you probably want a little something else to go with it.
You can add another vegetable side like a side salad, or steamed broccoli or green beans.
Or if you’re a fan of carbs like I am, you can serve this with garlic bread or other crusty bread.
More pasta dinner ideas
Looking for another delicious meal idea that uses pasta? These recipes are perfect for busy nights and are some of my tried-and-true favorites!
With a short cooking time, simple ingredients and very few simple steps, you’ll want to keep this easy meal idea on your roster! Print the recipe now:
- 8 ounces pasta, any kind
- 4 chicken sausages, fully cooked
- 1 28-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
- 1/2 bag frozen peppers and onions blend (About 8 ounces)
- 4 cups baby spinach
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Boil a large pot of water, then add pasta, cooking for 7-8 minutes until cooked.
- Meanwhile, slice the chicken sausages into small rounds.
- Pour a jar of spaghetti sauce into a medium pot and add the chicken sausages and peppers and onions. Place a lid on top and cook on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
- After the sauce has heated, add the spinach and salt and pepper, and stir until the spinach is wilted.
- Divide the pasta and sauce mixture into 4 bowls, and top with grated Parmesan. Serve with your favorite sides.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1803mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 6gSugar: 12gProtein: 27g
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.