I make this all the time, for reunion, when there has been a death in family or friends, just because. I change it up just a little. 2 cans of Italian-style diced tomatoes and 1 1/2 containers of chive-and-onion cream cheese. I also mix the Italian sausage half and half with mild and hot sausage and I use just a little more than the recipe calls for.
Added the chopped onions to the sausage as it was browning and then the rest of the ingredients which reLly cut down on the prep time. Tasted great. Oh, I added some dried basil.
This was a tasty dish, but it was a lot more work than I anticipated. So many of the ingredients need to be cooked and/or prepped ahead of time (cook the sausage, cook the onion, cook the noodles, defrost and drain the spinach) so it took a lot more planning and time than I thought it would. It also required using several different pots and pans to prepare this meal and since I'm stuck doing the cooking AND cleaning, I hate that :) As I said earlier, though, the dish was yummy. So if you don't mind the extra work, it definitely tastes good. The only recommendation I'd make is that you only keep it in the oven uncovered for 5-10 minutes. I found leaving it in there uncovered for 15 minutes made the top noodles too crunchy.
YUM! The cream cheese really makes this dish come together...lots of flavor. This is the ultimate comfort food.
I've only made this once, but it was awesome! I left out the spinach, and used mild sausage and regular cream cheese. My husband went back for thirds! I'll try a few more alterations next time for the fun of it.