Orecchiette with Sausage and Mushrooms

This quick and easy Orecchiette with Sausage and Mushrooms will become your favorite weeknight dinner. The smell of cooking garlic, spicy sausage, and white wine simmering will fill your kitchen with delicious aromas.

bowl of pasta with sausage and mushrooms over a gray napkin with a gold fork

Orecchiette with Sausage and Mushrooms

We have been on both a pasta kick and a chicken sausage kick in our house. Both are so easy to incorporate into quick and easy meals that get to the table fast. For this dish, I combined orecchiette pasta (my latest favorite pasta shape) with sausage and mushrooms, wilted spinach, and a simple creamy wine sauce that smells amazing while it’s simmering away. There isn’t a ton of sauce, so the pasta still feels on the light side. If you don’t want to use wine, just sub in chicken broth instead.

Orecchiette with Sausage and Mushrooms in a pink bowl and gold fork

Ingredients: Orecchiette, Chicken Sausage, Bella Mushrooms, Wine

We like these Whole Foods organic chicken sausages. Clearly we like a lot of things from Whole Foods 🙂

ingredients for Orecchiette with Sausage and Mushrooms

I used the Scout + Cellar Adelante Sauvignon Blanc for my wine because it was what I planned to drink anyways. Every time I cook with wine I smile to myself: “I like to cook with wine. Sometimes I put it in the food.” (Don’t worry, I only added a little!) For this particular dinner, Thomas had the kids settled downstairs and I had lovely time having the kitchen all to myself. That is not always the case 🙂

Scout and Cellar wine with a pasta pot on the stove

Mazen ate a deconstructed form of this meal. And Birch will still not eat pasta of any kind – even mac and cheese! We will keep trying. He is a fruit-e-tarian.

The Recipe

The recipe formula is simple: cook pasta, sautéed sausage and mushrooms, add some garlic, deglaze with wine, cook off alcohol, add cream and spinach, toss it all together, garnish with extras, like lemon zest and parmesan!

hand eating sausage pasta

Orecchiette with Sausage and Mushrooms

This quick and easy pasta will become your favorite weeknight dinner. The smell of cooking garlic, spicy sausage, and white wine simmering will fill your kitchen with delicious aromas.


Keyword mushrooms, pasta, sausage, spinach

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces orecchiette or other small shape pasta
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 4 chicken sausages sliced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Grated parmesan and zested lemon for serving

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to directions. Drain.

  • In a large sauté pan melt the butter of medium high heat and add the mushrooms and sausage. Cook for 5 minutes, until mushrooms are brown. Add garlic and stir, cooking for an additional minute or two.

  • Add wine and add a touch of heat to cook off alcohol and reduce the wine, 3-5 minutes. Add half and half and greens and stir to mix and wilt. Cook for 2-3 minutes more, until sauce is thick. Mix in pasta and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with lemon zest and grated parmesan.

bowl of pasta over a gray napkin with a gold fork

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