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Sausage Arugula Spinach Pasta

This pasta loaded with garlic, sausage and greens is a delicious light dish, perfect for those of us wanting to lighten things up a bit.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 760 kcal



  • 12 ounces dried penne pasta
  • 16 ounces Italian Sausage casings removed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to box directions. Strain but reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Set cooked pasta aside.
  • While your pasta is cooking brown sausage in a pan over medium heat, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a colander to strain grease. Set aside.
  • To the same pan that you cooked the sausage in add olive oil, shallot, garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper. Cook until shallot is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Return sausage to the pan, add cooked pasta, arugula, spinach and reserved pasta water. Toss to combine and cook for 2 minutes or just until the greens wilt. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to serving platter, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.




Calories: 760kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 30gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 968mgPotassium: 654mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1851IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 3mg
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Keywords: arugula, italian sausage, pasta, pastas, Recipe, Spinach