Smoked Sausage, White Bean and Spinach Pasta with Toasted Pine Nuts is the perfect weeknight meal ready in 15 minutes. The smoked sausage brings a smoky spiced flavor to the dish which means you don’t need extra spices! The healthy spinach, pine nuts and vegetables pair wonderfully to make this pasta dish a family favorite.
We are in the home stretch! Baby should be arriving any day now (fingers crossed) and the nesting has set in big time! As I near the end of pregnancy I must admit that I am getting uncomfortable. It is getting harder to stand on my feet for long periods of time which of course makes cooking difficult.
Making meals at home for my family remains a priority for me even if I am 9 months pregnant. The easier the recipe the better when your time is limited so the fact today’s recipe for Smoked Sausage, White Bean and Spinach Pasta with Toasted Pine Nuts only takes 15 minutes to cook is music to this mama’s ears!
I partnered with Hillshire Farm to create this dish using their smoked sausage along with some of my family’s favorite flavors and ingredients. We make this dish at least once a month and just love it!
In my opinion sausage works wonderfully in pasta and has always been a favorite of mine, especially with the smoky flavor. The great thing about using the Hillshire Farm smoked sausage is that it is precooked making the cooking time of this recipe 15 minutes total. This sausage also has a lot of flavor packed in it which means you use less ingredients and spices and still have the same amount of flavor.
Smoked Sausage, White Bean and Spinach Pasta with Toasted Pine Nuts is an easy weeknight meal that you can make for your family and can be adapted to your tastes. In my house we love adding vegetables to pasta dishes (that might be the Mom in me constantly trying to get my toddler to eat his vegetables) so I put cherry tomatoes, zucchini and spinach in. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes on hand feel free to use a can of diced tomatoes. Get creative–so many different veggies would work great in this dish.
I personally love pine nuts, especially when they are toasted, so that was the perfect finishing touch (and they have great health benefits). I have also use walnuts in the dish when I don’t have pine nuts on hand. Feel free to modify this dish to your family’s tastes and enjoy the wonderful flavor that is ready in just 15 minutes!
Other ideas for this dish include:
- Subbing whole wheat pasta for a healthier dish
- Turkey sausage can work great in this recipe
- Try changing up the beans by using chickpeas or black beans
- Spice this dish up with a variety of spices including paprika, crushed red pepper and cayenne pepper
Disclosure: Today’s post and recipe is sponsored by Hillshire Farm. As always my opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.