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Stovetop Spinach and Sausage Penne is an easy one dish meal the whole family will love! Grain free, gluten free option | Back To The Book Nutrition
Stovetop Spinach + Sausage Penne
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Dinner
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dena @ Back To The Book Nutrition
  • 1 Tbsp pastured tallow lard, or other heat stable cooking fat
  • 1/2 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound Italian sausage See Notes section for the DIY Italian Sausage seasoning I add to ground beef as a sub for Italian sausage!
  • 1 cup chicken broth homemade broth if you have it!
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • black pepper and cayene to taste I like just a few dashes of both, but feel free to add more if you like things spicier
  • 8 oz penne pasta - see Notes below for my favorite regular ancient grain, and grain/gluten free pastas!
  • 6 oz baby spinach
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella grated
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • Fresh basil and and Parmesan for garnish
  1.  Melt tallow in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and bell pepper and saute until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. 
  2. Add Italian sausage, turn up to medium high, and use wooden spoon to break into small/medium pieces as it browns. 
  3. Once sausage is no longer pink an has begun to brown, reduce heat to low-medium heat. Add chicken broth, marinara, dried herbs, salt, pepper, and cayenne, stirring well. 
  4. Stir in the penne, reduce heat to low, and cover, allowing to simmer approx 15 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. 
  5. Remove lid, add baby spinach, and stir until wilted. Stir in mozzarella until melted and thoroughly mixed in. 
  6. Drop spoonfuls of ricotta around the pan. Garnish with ribbons of fresh basil and fresh grated Parmesan just before serving. 
Recipe Notes

My favorite pastas are: 

Regular pasta: La Molisana (made with white flour, imported from Italy)

Ancient grain pasta: Jovial (made with Einkorn ancient grain, imported from Italy)

Grain and Gluten Free Pasta: Banza (definitely the best grain/gluten free pasta I've tried!)

Easy substitute for Italian sausage:  ground beef + this Italian seasoning blend