Sausage, Beans and Spinach With Macaroni

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This complete recipe is made in one pot over the stove. This is a "killer" dish, and very easy to make. You can really use how many Italian sausages you desire, I like to use 5 spicy sausages, along with the ground beef... I have even made this dish using about 2 pounds all sausage meat with the casings removed. The jalapeno pepper is optional, add it in if you like heat. Serve this with crusty rolls or bread. You can even cook the pasta before adding it in, or use any small leftover cooked pasta for this dish.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add in onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper (if using) dried oregano, and basil; saute for about 6-7 minutes.
  3. Add in the ground beef or ground pork, crushed chili flakes and sausage meat, breaking up any large pieces with a fork; cook for about 7 minutes.
  4. Add in the tomatoes with juice, drained beans, broth, salt and pepper; mix to combine, cover with lid and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally (can simmer longer).
  5. Add in the uncooked macaroni and cook for about 15 minutes until firm-tender.
  6. Add in the fresh spinach leaves and cook JUST until wilted (about 4-5 minutes).
  7. Add in 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and season with more salt and pepper if desired.
  8. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese.
Most Helpful

This was GREAT! I used 2 jalapeno's, tripled the garlic, and used all hot chicken italian sausage. I also increased the crushed red pepper a bit but followed the rest as stated. SUPER yummy dish! Believe it or not, it was not too hot for my 2 and 4 year old. My 4 year old picked out the pasta and ate it and my 2 year old ate and loved all the beans. Oh! I forgot that the I kept the pasta on the side, made a whole pound and added it to each person's liking. We like more pasta than anything else so we were all in heaven with this one. Will definitely make this again! Wonderful!

RedVinoGirl October 20, 2008