Light Spinach, Sausage & Pepper Pasta made easy in 30 minutes & so flavorful! Simple pasta recipe with turkey Italian sausage perfect for weeknight dinners.
This pasta with sausage and peppers is pulled together in under 30 minutes, and even without a “sauce” it really packs a lot of flavors! It’s a family favorite recipe of ours and I’m happy to share it here with you.
What is Sausage and Pepper Pasta?
It’s a tasty Italian inspired dish that comes together quickly and seamlessly. While low in fat and calories, this dish combines pasta, turkey Italian sausage, sweet roasted red peppers, chicken broth, spinach, and parmesan cheese to make a simple and delicious meal the whole family will enjoy.
-Box of Pasta: I recommend using Cellentani pasta because it’s my favorite to use, but Fusilli and Penne also work great!
-Turkey Italian Sausage: I love the Jennie-O brand Sweet Turkey Italian Sausage, even though it’s just over 1 lb in the package, I put the whole thing in.
-Chicken Broth: You only need (1) 14.5oz can of chicken broth to create a flavorful liquid for the pasta to simmer in.
-Spinach: Using 3 ounces (about half a bag) of fresh spinach leaves, we can add a lot of nutrients and color to our dish.
-Sweet Roasted Red Peppers: You can buy a 12-16oz jar of these sweet peppers and use them. They pack a lot more flavor than fresh red peppers and are already pretty soft.
-Dried Oregano: With 1 teaspoon of dried oregano we can add a well-rounded Italian flavor to the pasta dish.
-Salt and Pepper: We will need 1 teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper to help bring out the natural flavors and add spice.
-Parmesan Cheese: This is optional, but you can top off your plate of delicious pasta with some parmesan cheese for added flavor.
Cook your pasta according to the package instructions for al dente pasta.
Meanwhile, crumble your sausage into a large non-stick skillet and then cook it.
Break it apart into smaller pieces as you go.
When the sausage is no longer pink, add in the red peppers, chicken broth, and all of the spices.
Add in the spinach and then place the lid on the skillet and wilt the spinach. Stir to incorporate.
Once the pasta has finished cooking, drain and add to the skillet as well.
Optionally, you can let the skillet simmer on low (covered) with the pasta in it to help absorb some of the liquid and flavors. This would take another 10-15 minutes, but stir occasionally to get the pasta well coated and to keep it from sticking.
Remove the skillet from the heat and then take off the lid.
Stir before serving and top with any parmesan cheese if desired.
Sausage Pepper Pasta
- 16 oz pasta Fusilli, Penne or Cellentani
- 1 lb turkey Italian sausage
- 3 oz Fresh Spinach
- 14.5 oz chicken broth
- 16 oz Sweet Roasted Red Peppers
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Parmesan cheese for topping, if desired
- Cook the pasta to al dente using the package instructions.
- Meanwhile, crumble and cook the sausage in a large non-stick skillet. Break apart the pieces as you go.
- When sausage is no longer pink, add in red peppers, chicken broth, and all the spices. Continue cooking over medium heat.
- At this point the pasta should be nearly cooked. Add in spinach and put a lid on the pan to wilt the spinach. Stir to incorporate.
- When pasta is done, drain it and add it into the skillet as well. At this point, the pasta is technically done, however the leftover sausage juice and broth make for a rather runny "sauce" so turn the heat down to simmer and let it continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes, stirring it occasionally.
- Remove from heat and take the lid off. Stir just before serving and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, if you'd like. Enjoy.
Can I use frozen spinach instead of fresh?
Yes. If you choose to use frozen spinach instead of fresh, make sure to thaw it completely and drain any excess liquids before adding into the dish. Then continue as directed.
How long is leftover pasta good for?
If properly stored in an airtight container in your fridge, this pasta should keep for 3-5 days. You may even find it tastes better the next day as it gives the flavors longer to meld together.
What if I can’t find ground Italian turkey sausage?
Using ground turkey meat, or ground chicken can also be used in this dish, but the turkey we want naturally packs a lot of wonderful flavors. To offset this difference you may wish to add some Italian seasoning blend so that it’s not too bland. Add seasoning to taste.
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This Sausage and Pepper Pasta is an easy dinner to throw together on a busy night. With such a healthy meal on your plate, you won’t mind asking for seconds. Light Spinach, Sausage & Pepper Pasta made easy in 30 minutes & so flavorful! Simple pasta recipe with turkey Italian sausage perfect for weeknight dinners.