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One Pot Pasta with Ricotta Clouds

Rich and hearty pasta is cooked all in one pot. So easy! And then topped with heavenly clouds of creamy ricotta. Simple gourmet!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 542 kcal


  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, roughly chopped
  • 24 oz spaghetti sauce
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 lb shaped pasta (like Cavatappi, fusilli, or penne)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, optional
  • 2 tbsp basil chiffonade, optional
  • 1 ½ cups Ricotta cheese


  • In a large pot, brown sausage over medium heat until there is no pink. If there are large chunks, break into smaller nickel-sized pieces. Once cooked, pour into a bowl and set aside
  • While sausage is cooking, chop your onion and spinach. Once sausage has been removed from pan, add 1 teaspoon of oil into pan and cook onion for 1 minute. Add in spinach and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until vegetables are soft.
  • Add pasta sauce, pesto, red pepper, water, and pasta to pan. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Cook according to the package directions for your pasta, stirring occasionally. (Ours was 9 minutes for al dente.)
  • Add sausage back into the pan and stir until dispersed throughout pasta.
  • To serve, spoon into bowls or on plates. Top with Parmesan and basil, if using.
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop a heaping cloud of Ricotta and place it on top of the individual portion of the pasta. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts
One Pot Pasta with Ricotta Clouds
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword 15 minute meal, 30 minute meal, one pot pasta, ricotta clouds, sausage
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