Thursday, December 10, 2015

Three-Cheese Pasta with Sausage and Spinach

I love simple one-pot meals. I usually check out the "one-pan dinner" page of my mother-in-law's Cook's Country magazine for some ideas. This recipe came from a recent issue and my family called it a winner. I further simplified the recipe by using my home-canned pizza sauce for the sauce.

You can let out the spinach if you wish, but even my children didn't complain about the green stuff in this recipe.

Three-Cheese Pasta with Sausage and Spinach
(adapted from Cook's Country)

1-2 lb sausage links, cut in 1 inch pieces
2 pint pizza sauce
2 cups water
16 oz rotini or ziti pasta
5 cups chopped spinach
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese

In a large dutch oven or other oven-proof pot, cook sausage until browned.

Add pizza sauce, water, and pasta. Bring to boil on high heat. Then reduce heat and simmer until pasta is just barely softened.

Remove pot from heat and stir in spinach, 3/4 cup mozzarella, and 1/2 cup Parmesan. Spoon ricotta on top of pasta and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

Place in oven under broiler until cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown, approximately 4-6 minutes.

Cool for 10 minutes and serve.


  1. This sounds good! I would probably substitute swiss chard for the spinach because it's what I have. I am wondering about the magazine you mention..could you share any details about that? Thanks! Also,you have been on my mind lately..are you feeling okay? I bet you get tired easily taking care of everyone and baby is close. I have been praying for you.

    1. It is so sweet of you to be thinking and praying for me. I wish everyone had such a great support group as I do! I'm feeling very well, though getting much slower.

      If you google Cook's Country, I'm sure you can find it. I always enjoy looking through my mother-in-law's copy and have found some great recipes.

  2. Wow, Gina, looks great. I'll need to put it on the menu soon.
    I keep thinking of you, and hope all is well. I think I'll write you one day soon, but life keeps going by!
    God is good!

  3. I so enjoy how you you combine traditional Mennonite cooking like canning and preserving with non-traditional things like pizza! Your blog is a testament to people from different backgrounds co-existing and celebrating our different cultures. And your family is just so cute. All the best, and please keep on blogging.

  4. That just made me so hungry ! You are looking so good. Looking forward to hearing that your little one has arrived.


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