Turkey Sausage & Arugula Pasta

Turkey Sausage & Arugula Pasta

25 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

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

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 12 ounces whole-wheat short pasta, such as shells or twists
  • 8 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage links, removed from casings
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 8 cups arugula, or baby spinach
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup finely shredded Pecorino Romano, or Parmesan cheese, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes, or according to package directions.
  2. 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.
  3. Combine ½ cup cheese, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Measure out ½ 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 information

  • Serving size: generous 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 321 calories; 8 g fat(2 g sat); 6 g fiber; 46 g carbohydrates; 19 g protein; 54 mcg folate; 33 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,404 IU vitamin A; 14 mg vitamin C; 184 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 452 mg sodium; 442 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (28% daily value), Vitamin C (23% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2.5 starch, 2 vegetable, 2 medium-fat meat

Reviews 25

September 20, 2018
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By: mricht
great flavor!! used 1/2 arugula and 1/2 spinach. could use more tomatoes. also used chicken sausage with jalepeno in it...yum!
January 03, 2018
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By: Amy L
Loved this! Super easy to make, no changes. I used spinach. Definitely making again!
November 20, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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!
September 16, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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
May 19, 2012
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By: Lilly
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
April 15, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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.
January 11, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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!
July 28, 2011
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By: Wisher2010
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!
November 16, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
My entire family enjoyed this one...including my 1 and 3 year old! This will be a new staple for us!
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