Turkey Sausage & Arugula Pasta


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

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings, generous 1 1/2 cups each


  • 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

  • 1/2 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


  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 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 (per serving)

321 Calories
8g Fat
46g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 321
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 19g 39%
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Vitamin A 1404IU 28%
Vitamin C 14mg 15%
Folate 54mcg 14%
Sodium 452mg 20%
Calcium 184mg 14%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 81mg 19%
Potassium 442mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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