Orecchiette with Sausage Sauce

From The Culinary Couple

Serves 6.


  • 1/2 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb hot Italian sausage (or just use 1 lb sweet)
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup beef broth (or red wine)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb orecchiette
  • 1 big bunch spinach
  • Parmesan cheese for topping


  1. Remove sausage from casing, crumble, and cook over medium heat until brown, about 5 minutes. Remove cooked sausage from pan and place on a separate plate lined with a paper towel.
  2. Add olive oil, chopped onion, and chopped garlic to pan. Saute for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add sausage back to pan, plus tomatoes and broth/wine. Season with salt and pepper. Set heat to low and simmer sauce.
  4. Meanwhile, cook orecchiette according to package directions, about 11 minutes. Add spinach to sauce when you have about 4 minutes left on the pasta.
  5. Toss pasta with sauce and serve with cheese.