Orecchiette with Sausage Sauce

This pasta dish is a favorite weeknight meal of ours. It’s hearty and tasty and comes together in less than 30 minutes. I’ve had four requests for the recipe since I posted it on Instgram, so I figure that makes it blogworthy. Enjoy!


Orecchiette with Sausage Sauce

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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.

2 thoughts on “Orecchiette with Sausage Sauce

  1. Wow, I think I was meant to find your site. 🙂 I have been really into this dish since I had it (or something like it) in a restaurant once. My stepmom gave me four bags of Orecchiette since none of my local supermarkets carry it! I will have to try your recipe – the one I tried (which called for broccoli rabe, which I never added to recipes before so it came with a learning curve as well) definitely seemed as though it took two hours to prepare. I’m sure you can relate with a toddler that is not typically the allotted window of time for dinner prep. haha. 🙂

  2. So you don’t have vegetarian recipes? I’m looking all over the place for them. I probably never should have become vegetarian 100% of the time, but I always feel so heavy after eating meat. And I needed to do so for medical reasons.
    Sausage was my favorite meat. That and chicken.

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