Penne with Chicken Sausage Spinach and Mushrooms Recipe

March 31, 2014 5 Comments

Penne with Chicken Sausage, Spinach and Mushrooms Recipe

 Penne Pasta Recipe As Good As It Gets

We prepared this penne pasta with chicken grillers (chicken sausages) my wife picked up at the Farmers Market. We went with chicken sausages because my oldest daughter gave up red meat for Lent. It’s really changed our cooking habits this month but really isn’t that big a deal. We’re eating more chicken and fish and substituting turkey for pork and beef.

This dish begs wild mushrooms like crimini, shitake, hen of the woods but we had white button mushrooms on had so that’s what we went with.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how good this meal turned out. My daughter had a couple of last minute friends over and we all raved how tasty it was. I’m going to put it into my As Good As It Gets category and it couldn’t have been any easier to prepare.

My wife and I enjoyed a glass of 2009 Villa Mattieli Amarone della Valpolicella that went perfectly with this meal. Well, may two glasses.

Saute mushrooms and onionsSaute the onions, garlic and mushrooms.

Adding the spinachAdd the chicken stock, thyme

Wilt the spinachLet the spinach wilt and mushrooms cook down.

Add the grilled sausage and penneAdd the sausage and pasta and give it a stir.

Serve penne with grilled chicken sausage, mushrooms and spinachServe onto warmed plates.

Penne with sausage, mushrooms and spinachThe finished dish.

Penne with Chicken Sausage Spinach and Mushrooms Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Penne with Chicken Sausage Spinach and Mushrooms Recipe


1 pound chicken sausages (pork sausages work too)

3/4 pound of penne pasta

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil (more if needed)

1 medium onion, finely chopped

5 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 pound button mushrooms

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (more if you like it hot)

1 1/2 cups chicken stock

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped

10 to 12 ounces fresh spinach leaves, no stems please (the pre washed packages work well)

2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

How To Prepare At Home

Heat up the grill and cook the sausages. You can also cook them in a pan on top of the stove. After they are cooked and cool enough to handle, cut them up into 1/4 inch slices and reserve.

Heat up a large pot of water and bring it to a boil. Add a teaspoon of salt then add the pasta and let it cook until al dente. Be sure to reserve a cup of the pasta water before you drain the pasta in case you need it for the sauce.

Heat up a large fry pan big enough to hold the sauce and the past over medium high heat. Add the oil and when it’s hot, add the onion. Sauté for a few minutes until it begins to soften, then add the garlic. Let this cook for a minute or two then add the mushrooms.

Add the crushed red pepper and let the mushrooms cook until they loose all their liquids and start to brown. This should take about 10 minutes.

Add the chicken stock and fresh thyme and top with fresh spinach leaves. Toss and let this cook until the spinach wilts, just a couple of minutes. If you don’t think there will be enough sauce, add a little of the reserved pasta water. I like to add some because the water has starch in it from the pasta and helps the sauce stick to the pasta.

Add the sausage slices and stir. Hopefully the pasta is ready at this time and should be added to the sauce and stirred to coat. Add the grated mozzarella cheese and stir into the pasta until it melts and both the cheese and sauce coat the pasta.

Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

Serve immediately.

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  1. JOY says:

    OMG…my mouth is watering!! How I love this type of dish!! Thanks for sharing.
    I don’t see a way to post this to FB though…*-)

    • The Reluctant Gourmet says:

      Great idea Joy. We used to have that and will look into getting it back but you can always copy the URL and paste it on your Facebook. That would be great. Thanks.

  2. Virginia says:

    We are forced to be gluten free because of my son’s extreme food allergies and I am always on the hunt for simple recipes. Thanks for posting. Will substitute with rice or quinoa pasta and beef and see how it goes.

  3. Patrice Walence says:

    Try this with PastaZero shirataki noodles! They are gluten-free, carb-free, and WONDERFUL! We’ve had this a couple of times, and have tried adding chopped red and yellow pepper and a wee bit of wine. YUMMY! We also adjusted the mozzarella cheese down a bit for our own personal taste.

  4. Toni Wesley says:

    It was delicious! We added tomatoes!

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