Healthy Italian Sausage Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Italian sausage recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

These sausage-stuffed mushrooms are a fun and easy party food. You can stuff them a day ahead and bake them when you're ready.
By Adam Dolge

One-Pot Italian Sausage & Kale Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
For a fast weeknight pasta dinner, why not cook your sauce and pasta all at once? By using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta--no colanders here--the starch that cooks off into your pasta water, which you usually drain away, stays in the pot, giving you delectably creamy results.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

The whole family is sure to love this one-pot spaghetti recipe! The sausage, chicken broth and white wine impart slow-cooked flavors in this quick-cooking ragu. As the pasta sauce thickens, you'll want to scrape the bottom of the pot to prevent the sauce and pasta from sticking and to help the pasta cook evenly.
By Liz Mervosh

Baked Cavatelli Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 2
This easy to make, comforting dish will keep you warm on a cold day.

Sausage, Mushroom & Pesto Grilled Pizza

Rating: 5 stars 1
Healthy homemade sausage-and-mushroom pizza in the comfort of your backyard? Yes, please. All you need for a Naples-worthy pie is a hot grill, store-bought pizza dough and easy prepared ingredients. Serve with a glass of Chianti.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Creamy One-Pot Orecchiette with Sausage & Peas

Rating: 5 stars 1
This easy one-pot pasta recipe earns the title "creamy" thanks to the addition of sour cream and Parmesan, which combine to create a savory cheese sauce that clings to the orecchiette, peas and sausage. The best part about this recipe is that it only requires one vessel to cook everything—pasta included. By using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta, the starch that usually gets drained off with your pasta water stays in the pot, adding even more creaminess. If you like spicy but not too spicy, use a mix of sweet and hot Italian sausages.
By Carolyn Casner

Grilled Sausage, Peppers & Onions with Herb Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 1
Adding a bright parsley-tarragon vinaigrette brings fresh flair to sausage and peppers. Serve with some crusty bread to sop it all up.
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By Adam Dolge

Whole-Grain Spaghetti with Italian Turkey Sausage, Arugula & Balsamic Tomato Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Total happiness in a bowl: pasta, sausage, tomatoes and herbs. The tomatoes get sweet and tender and turn into sauce with the stock and the pasta. Without ever adding any butter, the spaghetti sauce is rich and silky. Adding the herbs at the end gives the dish a fresh pop of color and flavor. This is one healthy pasta recipe we can definitely get behind!

Pizza Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 5 stars 1
Go light and fresh when you're craving pizza: these easy lettuce wraps have all the taste with fewer carbs and calories.

Zuppa Toscana

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
This creamy soup is packed with savory flavor from Italian sausage and bacon. But don't worry, we tucked in healthy ingredients too, like kale and white beans, for added nutrition and fiber to round out a healthy dinner or packable lunch.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Macaroni with Sausage & Ricotta

Rating: 5 stars 3
A bit of sausage goes a long way in flavoring the creamy ricotta tomato sauce in this healthy and quick pasta recipe. Serve with a green salad and crusty Italian bread.
By Giuliano Hazan

Spaghetti Squash Soup with Sausage

Rating: 5 stars 3
This easy soup is a great way to showcase the versatility of spaghetti squash. Sweet Italian sausage pairs well with the subtle sweetness of the squash. The broth that coats the thin strands of spaghetti squash is flavorful and light.
Jasmine Smith
By Jasmine Smith
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Inspiration and Ideas

Sausage & Pepper Medley
Rating: Unrated 2
Low in carbs and rich in Vitamin C, bell peppers add flavor as well as volume to this slightly spicy dish. For more heat, use hot turkey Italian sausage links rather than mild. Make it a sandwich by serving it inside a toasted bulky roll.
Turkey Sausage & Arugula Pasta
Rating: Unrated 6
The cheese in this dish is the key to the balance of flavors. For the biggest impact, make sure to use imported Italian cheese.
Slow-Cooker Pork Sausage Bolognese

Here's the meaty, saucy pasta that we all crave. If you have any slow-cooker bolognese leftovers, freeze them and reheat on a cold night when you're in need of a hot, comforting dish. Serve with a simple, crisp salad and crusty bread. For the prettiest appearance, sprinkle with whole fresh basil leaves instead of chopped oregano.