Orecchiette with Sweet Italian Sausage

Orecchiette with Sweet Italian Sausage

I just love love love this dinner.

It is so simple, but tastes so fancy. Start to finish, this dinner can be done in just about 30 minutes if you don’t have a million distractions from the kids.

Speaking of kids if they don’t like spinach or mushrooms, feel free to let them pick their favorite veggies to throw in. It’s a super forgiving recipe.

The majority of the flavor comes from the Johnsonville® Italian Sweet Sausage, so don’t even think about substituting ground beef or chicken because all of that special flavor will be gone and you will have to add a ga-zillion other flavorings..and who wants to do that???

Not I said the fly.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Orecchiette with Sweet Italian Sausage
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 6-8
Orecchiette with Sweet Italian Sausage, you pick the veggies.
  • 1 package Johnsonville® Italian Sweet Ground Sausage
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 8 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms (or white button mushrooms), thinly sliced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 5 oz. package Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 16 oz. Orecchiette Pasta, cooked to package directions
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • ¾ cup grated Parmasean Cheese
  1. In a large pot, over medium heat, cook sausage until no longer pink, breaking up the pieces with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  2. Drain, set aside
  3. In the same pot you cooked the sausage, add olive oil and butter.
  4. Add mushrooms, cook 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add garlic, cook 1 additional minute
  6. Stir in sausage
  7. Add spinach
  8. Add hot pasta to pot, do not stir, this will help wilt spinach, allow to sit 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, mix together.
  9. Stir in beef broth and parmesan cheese.
  10. Salt and pepper to taste.
This recipe is very flexible. You can swap out the mushrooms and spinach for your favorite vegetable.

*As part of my partnership with Johnsonville®, I have been compensated to represent the brand. All opinions are 100% mine*


  1. 1

    What an easy dinner. I bet the sausage gives it that flavor it needs.

  2. 2

    YES YES YES. This looks amazing. I love sweet Italian Sausage

  3. 3

    This is my family’s favorite meal – we usually make it with kale but I love the mushrooms you added!

  4. 5

    Yep – give me a big serving of this one!! Love the sausage in there, too.

  5. 7

    Love easy dinners! This look delicious!