• 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • salt to taste
  • 1 lb. Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 3 ½ cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1 ¼ cups little ears (orecchiette) pasta, or more to taste
  • 1 cup roughly chopped baby spinach
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Heat olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot oil until onion is soft and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Stir sausage into onions; cook and stir until sausage is broken up and browned 5 to 7 minutes.

Pour 1 1/2 cups chicken broth into sausage and bring to a boil while scraping up the brown bits. Add pasta. Cook and stir in hot broth, adding remaining broth when liquid is absorbed until pasta is cooked through and most of the broth is absorbed about 15 minutes.

Stir spinach into the pasta-sausage mixture until it wilts. Ladle pasta into bowls and top with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.