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Angel Hair Pasta with Sausage & Spinach

You won't miss the marinara sauce once you taste this pasta dish flavored with chicken broth and Italian sausage. The sauce simmers away on its own, without much work on your part. My husband likes it so much that I make it twice a week. —Daphine Smith, Baytown, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 Italian sausage links (4 ounces each), sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta, broken in half
  • 2 packages (9 ounces each ) fresh spinach, trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream


  • In a Dutch oven, cook the sausage, onion and garlic in oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add broth; bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Gradually add spinach. Cook and stir until pasta is tender and spinach is wilted, 2-3 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the flour, pepper and cream until smooth; gradually stir into pasta mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 563 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 1546mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • mnphouka
    Dec 23, 2020

    Just made this tonight and meh. I changed nothing (except I forgot to chop the fresh spinach) Sauce did not thicken, flavor was strange. Will not make again, too bad as I was looking for something a bit different. I added some parm to try to get the sauce creamier...blech

  • MarineMom_texas
    Nov 30, 2020

    This recipe is delicious. I halved the recipe for the two of us and cooked the pasta separately. No other changes. We cleaned our plates and will have it again. Volunteer Field Editor

  • NH-rescue
    Nov 17, 2020

    I liked this recipe! The sauce was creamy, and the spinach and sausage made it a complete meal that took only 30 minutes. I added extra spinach, but frozen peas might make a good substitute. Add some extra flavor by using spicier sausage.

  • Butcher2boy
    Nov 15, 2020

    I would prefer to give this a 9.5! We loved it, making it a one-pot meal by cooking the pasta in the broth=brilliance. I wasn't sure about that at first, soaked up all the broth. We like our spinach less cooked, so added it in with the cream mixture. Next time, and there will be a next time. I'm adding sun dried tomatoes and maybe mushrooms. VFE.

  • ReneeMurby
    Nov 1, 2020

    I liked cooking the pasta in the broth. I did add some red pepper flakes and grated parmesan. Simple dish, quick and easy and tasty too.

  • Apie26
    Oct 21, 2020

    I'm always willing try new recipes, how ever I have never used this method of COOKING!!! I was really questioning putting in the broth then adding the noodles. To be honest, this was very bland and needs a lot of help. Possibly some cheese, get rid of the broth and cook the noodles separately. Family was not satisfied.

  • lapodo
    Oct 16, 2020

    I thought is was easy to make and quite good. Next time I'll add some Italian seasoning to it.

  • Rellierae
    Oct 15, 2020

    This was really good. I used spicy chicken Italian sausage links. I used evaporated milk instead of the heavy whipping cream, The flour thickened it nicely. I also used whole wheat spaghetti because that's what I had. This came out much healthier, I would think, and was still quite tasty.

  • Rhonda
    Sep 29, 2020

    Really good I didn't add all of the spinach way to much for just two people. My husband really liked it also.He said add to my favorite food.

  • Donna
    Sep 28, 2020

    I just made this it was fantastic. I followed the recipe exactly including the 18 oz of spinach. Not sticky and very flavorful.