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.

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Recipe Summary

30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta 8 to 10 minutes, or according to package directions.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

411 calories; protein 24.1g; carbohydrates 47.5g; dietary fiber 6.3g; sugars 4.4g; fat 15.9g; saturated fat 5.3g; cholesterol 44.6mg; vitamin a iu 1775.5IU; vitamin c 14.5mg; folate 68.6mcg; calcium 263.9mg; iron 3.7mg; magnesium 79.9mg; potassium 392.9mg; sodium 636.8mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy Fast & delicious I substituted sun roasted cherry tomatoes in a jar and the dish was delicious! Pros: easy fast Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Such an easy yet flavorful recipe! I used rotini instead of fusilli and it turned out wonderful a definate keeper! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is a very easy recipe. I used shells because that's what I had on hand. I over-did the water in the parm b/c I though it would be too dry. Now mixed with the pan juices my dish is a little runny but that's ok. I think it would work well with any ground meat not just Italian sausage. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Recipe was great just as is and super easy. Read More