Turkey Sausage & Arugula Pasta for Two


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. This recipe was adapted from our popular Turkey Sausage & Arugula Pasta to serve two instead of six.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings, cups each


  • 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

  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Pecorino Romano, or Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


  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 Facts (per serving)

411 Calories
16g Fat
48g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 411
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Vitamin A 1776IU 36%
Vitamin C 15mg 16%
Folate 69mcg 17%
Sodium 637mg 28%
Calcium 264mg 20%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 80mg 19%
Potassium 393mg 8%

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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