The cheese in this dish is the key to the balance of flavors. For the biggest impact, make sure to use imported Italian cheese.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes, or according to package directions.

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  • Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, arugula (or spinach) and tomatoes. Cook, stirring often, until the greens wilt and the tomatoes begin to break down, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and keep warm.

  • Combine 1/2 cup cheese, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Measure out 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid; drain the pasta. Whisk the cooking liquid and oil into the cheese mixture; add the pasta and toss to combine. Serve the pasta topped with the sausage mixture and an extra sprinkle of cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; 8.4 g total fat; 2.4 g saturated fat; 33 mg cholesterol; 452 mg sodium. 442 mg potassium; 45.5 g carbohydrates; 5.7 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 19.4 g protein; 1404 IU vitamin a iu; 14 mg vitamin c; 54 mcg folate; 184 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 81 mg magnesium;

Reviews (25)

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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2018
great flavor!! used 1/2 arugula and 1/2 spinach. could use more tomatoes. also used chicken sausage with jalepeno in it...yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2018
Loved this! Super easy to make no changes. I used spinach. Definitely making again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2012
Loved it!! I used peppers instead of tomato and I added crushed red pepper on top. Turned out perfect! If you are a single lady just cut the recipe into 1/3 and you have dinner and lunch the next day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2012
Great beginner recipe The first time I made this I had a problem with the cheese sauce and all of my cheese ended up in a big lump. After that first time I did things a little differently. I cook the sausage in a large pan with a lid. Once the sausage is cooked I add the garlic arugula (I've also used spinach) and grape or cherry tomatoes that are cut in half or quarters depending on how big they are. I stir it up cover it and leave it for awhile. I keep checking and stirring it until the tomatoes are broken down well. Usually because I've had a lid on the pan I have a good amount of liquid. I add some olive oil to everything in the pan and mix it up. I usually don't need the extra cooking water. I then drain my pasta and dump the contents of the pan into it and mix it all up. I only add cheese at the end and only to the portion I'm eating. I find it works out best for me this way no clumping cheese. I cook only for myself so this leaves me plenty of leftovers to bring to work for lunch and additional dinners. I use an entire 1 pound box of pasta and either turkey or chicken sausage that I get from a farmers market or Whole Foods. I try to get it as close to a pound as possible but sometimes I end up with a little more so I use it all. Pros: easy tasty leftovers Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2012
Easy and tasty I loved this - so easy to make and quick too. I used zucchini instead of tomatoes and I added a dash of lemon juice to the sauce and I sprinkled in some crushed red pepper flakes. Delicious! Only problem was the clumpy cheese which I wouldn't have had if I'd read the reviews first!:) Pros: Easy tasty Cons: Clumpy cheese Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2012
Used Tofu Sausage instead of turkey I substituted Tofu Sausage links instead of turkey and it was a great way to turn this into a vegetarian meal. As a meal for 2 people it left plenty of leftovers for the week. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2012
Great Recipe I love this recipe! I used asiago cheese instead of parmesan and I added red onion and zucchini for more veggies. This is definitely a new weekday night go-to for me. Pros: Easy Fast Tasty Cons: None! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is a delicious dish. To fix the cheese sauce problem - I just mixed it in a small bowl the poured it over the pasta mixture in a big bowl....mixed from there. The meal even tastes great reheated in the microwave for lunches. Kathy Odessa De Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is a really good nice and light dish. I think it would've been better to add the garlic while the turkey sausage was cooking to release more of the flavor. Had issues with the "cheese sauce" too it just stuck to the bottom of my bowl. Christina Austin TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I love this recipe. I've only made one change.. I used non fat milk instead of pasta liquid. When I used the pasta liquid it didn't mesh at all and cheese ended up clumping and sticking to the bottom of the bowl. Other than that excellent recipe. Amy Burbank Ca Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I really liked how easy this meal is so could easily make at the end of a hectic day. It was healthy and delicious and makes great leftovers. This will be made again and probably even for friends. Christina Stone Emmaus pa Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! Anne Clayville Delicious! Anne Clayville NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe was great and I used the bones and varied the vegetables based on what was in the house -- it works great with brocolli and sundried tomatoes! Holly Hebron CT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Soooo good! My family loved it and I found it easy and fairly quick to make. Would make it again for a large group and double the recipe. Ana Danvers MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Wow... this was great and very very easy to make! very flavorful but maybe next time would not add any salt at all... i doubled step 3. Definitely will make this again... friends and family loved it!! Amanda C TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband loves this! Ideally he would love it if I made it once a week. It's quick easy and delicious. Anonymous Boston MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Amamzing!!!! So light and fresh.... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
yummm! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious and light! I love this pasta it tastes delicious even minus the heavy cream or traditional pasta sauces. I substituted regular Italilan sausage and it tasted equally good. Will make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made this for the first time tonight it was so great! I also substituted non-fat milk for pasta water so it be a little bit thicker as well as mixing the "chesse sauce" in a small bowl then pouring it over the pasta. Definitely will be making this dish again. Light and delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was very tasty and easy to make. I doubled the recipe in order to have leftovers and am looking forward to round two tonight! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Loved it! I am making my first forays into the cooking world and this turned out great for me! I agree with Amy (above) about the clumping cheese being a small problem - but I used liquid from the tomato/greens/sausage mixture not the pasta. Looking forward to the leftovers... Sarah Silver Spring MD Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I love this recipe. I left out the sauce mixture and simply added cheese to the top of the dish and it was wonderful! Andrea- Seattle WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
My entire family enjoyed this one...including my 1 and 3 year old! This will be a new staple for us! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Yum!!!!!!!! I just finished eating this dish and it was amazinggg! My favorite recipe on here so far:) I couldnt find spicy italian sausage so I just added some cayenne for a little kick. Also I used romano cheese for the sauce and it was the perfect flavor combo! Thanks! Pros: Very Easy Cons: none! Read More