Fusilli with Italian Sausage & Arugula

Fusilli with Italian Sausage & Arugula

14 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

A whole teaspoon of black pepper along with a small amount of Italian turkey sausage deliver a piquant flavor without adding too much in the way of saturated fat and calories in this quick pasta dish. For maximum taste, use a high-quality cheese.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 4 ounces whole-wheat pasta, such as shells or fusilli
  • 4 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage, removed from casing
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups arugula, or baby spinach
  • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup finely shredded Pecorino Romano, or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta 8 to 10 minutes, or according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in garlic, arugula (or spinach) and tomatoes. Cook, stirring often, until the greens wilt and the tomatoes begin to break down, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and keep warm.
  3. Combine cheese, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Measure out 2 tablespoons 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-arugula mixture.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 cups
  • Per serving: 411 calories; 16 g fat(5 g sat); 6 g fiber; 48 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 69 mcg folate; 45 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 1,776 IU vitamin A; 15 mg vitamin C; 264 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 637 mg sodium; 393 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (36% daily value), Calcium (26% dv), Vitamin C (25% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Reviews 14

September 26, 2017
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By: Daniel G. True
I enjoyed this recipe but for me, it tasted very salty. My girlfriend noticed that too. I like the flavors, but I may substitute the sausage for chicken next time and leave out the salt.
January 26, 2017
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By: Kevin Fink
We loved this! Made more than the recipe and good thing because both of us finished it with our second helpings. I used 1lb hot Italian chicken sausage, 8oz Cavatappi, about 4 cups of spinach, half cup of halved cherry tomatoes, added a sliced red onion with the garlic while browning the sausage. The sauce I eyeballed - about a cup of grated real parm, maybe 5-6 tablespoons pasta cooking liquid, and a quick drizzle of olive oil + s&p. Will definately make again!
December 29, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Are these the right proportions? I just don't see how you get 2 2-cup servings out of this. I'm on weight watchers and measure everything precisely. It looked so small in the pan cooking 4 oz of sausage all that spinach and tomatoes. My final product fit on a tiny 8 dessert plate. There was not 4 cups of food. Pros: Tastes great, very easy to make Cons: I only ended up with about 2 cups of food total, not 2 2-cup servings
May 24, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Flavorful, small changes This was a hit with the whole family. I made two substitutions: Chicken, instead of sausage. Fresh basil, instead of arrugula. It was yummy and easy to make. Is it still considered healthy if the kids go back for seconds? Pros: Easy to make Cons: Not an arugala fan
April 12, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Recipe was great just as is, and super easy.
February 26, 2013
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By: hlm920
Super Easy! This was a very easy recipe and we enjoyed it very much! I substituted the pasta with quinoa and it was perfect! Pros: Fast, easy Cons: none!
February 12, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Easy and Delicious I can't stand whole wheat pasta so I used regular organic. I also only added 2 cups of arugala because 4 cups looked like a lot! I also just added the cheese mixture and the pasta to the pan that had the sausage mixture and tossed it all together (I didn't want to dirty another dish!) Very tasty and filling! Pros: Easy, tasty, healthy
January 06, 2013
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By: rosetradition
Staple This is one of my husband's favorite dishes and is in our dinner rotation about once every 2 weeks. I follow the recipe aside from doubling the amount of cherry tomatoes and never have issues with the cheese clumping. Pros: Delicious, good amount of spice, easy to make
February 06, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious and easy! I have made this multiple times, using mild italian sausage instead of hot (we aren't a fan of a lot of spice), and it is always very flavorful. Using good cheese makes it even better- although parmesan will still do the trick.
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