Pasta with Spinach and Smoked Sausage

Turkey sausage keeps this flavorful, hearty dish low in fat and calories.


Pasta with Spinach and Smoked Sausage

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Ingredients
  • 1/4  pound 
    cooked smoked turkey or chicken sausage
  • 1   
    large leek, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2   
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1   teaspoon 
    olive oil
  • 2/3  cup 
    reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 7  ounce jar 
    roasted red sweet peppers, drained and cut into thin, bite-size strips
  • 8   cups 
    torn fresh spinach
  • 6   ounces 
    dried medium bow-tie pasta
  • 1/4  cup 
    snipped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/4  cup 
    finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
    cracked black pepper
Directions
1.
Cut the sausage lengthwise into quarters. Slice into 1/4-inch pieces. In a large skillet, cook leek and garlic in hot olive oil until leek is tender. Stir in sausage, chicken broth, and roasted peppers. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Add spinach. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes or just until spinach starts to wilt. Remove from heat.
2.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting any oil or salt; drain. Return pasta to saucepan. Add spinach mixture, basil, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Toss to coat. Serve immediately. Makes 4 main-dish servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 265, Fat, total (g) 8, chol. (mg) 61, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 34, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 14, sodium (mg) 440, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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