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This 30-minute sausage and vegetable pasta recipe has flavorful Italian sausage and a garlic, tomato, and white wine sauce with fresh veggies! It’s quick to make yet elegant.

You may also enjoy my Tomato Spinach White Wine Chicken or Easy Zuppa Toscana next.

a skillet with sausage and vegetable pasta

Why you’ll love it

This easy sausage pasta is loaded with veggies like spinach and bell peppers. Fresh tomatoes burst to make the base of the irresistible sauce. It feels like something you’d get at a restaurant, but it’s actually easy to make for busy weeknights or for guests!

Italian sausage can be fairly heavy, so that’s why I love to lighten up this pasta with a special yet simple white wine sauce and some fresh basil and vegetables. If you are craving something creamy, try my Creamy Sausage and Peppers Pasta instead.

What you’ll need

  • Pasta – I chose rotini, but use any shape
  • Italian sausage – I went for Johnsonville mild
  • Onion and garlic – our tasty aromatics. I like using sweet onions.
  • Italian seasoning – it’s a versatile blend of flavorful dried herbs that comes in a single jar
  • Red pepper flakes – a sprinkling gives a gentle warmth, not spice
  • White wine – choose a dry one you’d enjoy drinking, e.g. sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio
  • Vegetables – we’re using little tomatoes, bell pepper, and spinach
  • Basil – for another pop of freshness and to complement the tomatoes
ingredients for sausage and vegetable pasta in prep bowls

Helpful tip

The key to this recipe is cooking the tomatoes for long enough that they start to lose their shape and release their juices to make a lovely sauce.

How to make sausage vegetable pasta

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

browning sausage and onions in a skillet and then making tomato and white wine sauce

Cook the pasta al dente. Meanwhile, cook the sausage and onions, stirring and breaking it up, until browned, and then transfer to a plate. To the skillet, add the garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, white wine, tomatoes, and bell peppers.

tossing spinach and pasta in a skillet with vegetables and white wine sauce

Cook until the tomatoes soften and the peppers are tender-crisp. Return the sausage and onions to the pan, then add in the spinach and basil. Toss until wilted. Add in the drained pasta, season with salt & pepper as needed, and garnish with parm if using.

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Substitutions and variations

  • This sausage pasta with vegetables is quite flexible. If there’s a veggie you don’t like it here, feel free to leave it out or swap for something else. Asparagus or small broccoli florets would work in here. You could add in some capers for a little tanginess.
  • If you must sub the white wine, chicken broth + a 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard would work, but I do love the flavor the wine adds.
  • You could add a splash of cream to make this sauce richer.

What to serve with this Italian sausage pasta

Leftovers and storage

  • Store leftover sausage pasta for 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • Reheat slowly over a low heat. If you don’t make the full quantity of pasta initially and have some leftover sauce, you might need to add another splash of wine or hot pasta water when reheating if it’s a bit dry.
  • You can freeze it for 3 months, but keep in mind the spinach will wilt even more and everything will get softer.
a bowl of sausage and vegetables pasta

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a skillet with sausage and vegetable pasta
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Sausage and Vegetable Pasta

This 30-minute sausage and vegetable pasta recipe has flavorful Italian sausage and a garlic, tomato, and white wine sauce with fresh veggies! It's quick to make yet elegant.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 16 ounces Italian sausage
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup little tomatoes (grape, cherry, etc.) cut into halves
  • 1 medium red bell pepper sliced
  • 2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 handful fresh basil torn
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese optional, to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Boil a large salted pot of water and cook your pasta al dente according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, add the sausage and onion to a skillet and cook over medium-high heat until browned, breaking it up as you go along (about 8-10 minutes). Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, wine, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Cook until the tomatoes start to lose their shape and go very soft and the peppers are tender-crisp (about 5-6 minutes). Don't let the pan go too dry. You can always add a splash more wine or some of the hot pasta water if needed.
  • Add the sausage and onions back to the skillet, as well as the spinach and basil, and toss until the spinach has wilted.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet and toss. Season with salt & pepper if needed, and serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes

  • Use ground sausage meat or buy sausage links and take the meat out of the casings. Use spicy Italian sausage for some kick.

Nutrition

Calories: 656kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 852mg, Potassium: 707mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 2714IU, Vitamin C: 52mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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8 Comments

  1. Rosemarie says:

    5 stars
    Just made this for my husband and daughter and they loved it. Easy to make without any fancy ingredients – thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m thrilled to hear that! Thank you! šŸ˜€

  2. Dana says:

    5 stars
    I made this whole batch for just myself and it lasted me 4 lunches! Perfect for meal prep and was delicious the whole week. Loved this one.

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s amazing!! Thanks, Dana!

  3. KH says:

    5 stars
    I made this for supper last night and it was a hit with hubby and 14 year old son! Will definitely make again! Delicious and easy to make!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s awesome!! Thanks for letting me know! šŸ˜€

  4. AngelaML says:

    5 stars
    Another winner! I checked the recipe about 5 times to be sure there was no chicken broth – LOL! Couldn’t believe it was just the little bit of white wine. But it was heavenly. I substituted with chicken sausage and used matchstick carrots instead of the peppers. Will definitely add to the rotation, thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha I’m so glad you like it, Angela!! Thanks for your review as always!! šŸ˜€