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Italian Sausage Pasta


  • ¾ pound penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound sliced spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook as directed until al dente (about 8 to 10 minutes); drain and reserve.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil and sausage; While cooking break sliced sausage up into smaller pieces with a spoon and cook through until no longer pink. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add onion, garlic, and green pepper to skillet and then add broth, basil and tomatoes with liquid.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes to slightly reduce. Add chopped spinach; cover skillet and simmer on reduced heat until spinach is tender.
  4. Add pasta to skillet and mix together. Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.
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Italian Sausage Pasta
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving:
Calories: 281
Total Fat: 15 g
  Saturated Fat: 5 g
  Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g
  Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 61 mg
Sodium: 564 mg
Potassium: 458 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 17 g
  Dietary Fiber: 5 g
  Sugars: 3 g
Protein: 17 g
Vitamin A: 273%
Vitamin C: 24%
Calcium: 129%
Iron: 2%
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