A Warming Pasta

by jerseygirl on January 27, 2009 · 35 comments

It has been so cold here and tonight we are expecting some snow and sleet. Lately, I have been craving the typical winter comfort foods of soup, stew and pasta. But who says comfort foods can’t be healthy? In this pasta dish, I use turkey sausage, tomatoes, spinach and chicken broth to make a nice sauce. I also always make whole wheat pasta. This pasta is the flax seed kind purchased from Trader Joes. The best thing is that you can have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.

Penne with Turkey Sausage and Spinach

16 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
1 TBS olive oil
1 lb hot Italian turkey sausage links, cut in bite size pieces
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 medium tomato, chopped
10 oz package frozen spinach, defrosted
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth

2 TBS chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for serving

Boil pasta in a large pot of water according to package directions. Drain and keep warm. In the meantime, heat olive oil on medium high heat and cook sausage for about 5 to 7 minutes or until no longer pink. Add garlic, tomatoes and spinach. Cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Cook for a few minutes or until sauce is thickened. Add basil and toss the mixture with the pasta. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and serve tossed with Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Culinarywannabe January 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Yay for healthy pasta! And I love turkey sausage – it makes anything feel indulgent without being that bad for you.


Meg January 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I love this! A perfect warm comforting meal!


Maria January 27, 2009 at 6:54 pm

It is cold here too! I need something like this to warm me up!


HoneyB January 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm

This looks great. I love pasta dishes!


Annie January 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Yum, that looks soooo comforting!

We are supposed to get quite a bit of snow, boo. But I have some soup ready for tomorrow, so I am ready!


ttfn300 January 27, 2009 at 8:10 pm

love this combo 🙂


Jan January 27, 2009 at 8:16 pm

This sounds like just the ticket for this freezing weather.


Yasmeen January 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Sounds super healthy with spinach and turkey.Its snows almost every week in winter here,looks like a winder wonderland:)


Mary January 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm

A perfect meal for a winter night.


Paula January 28, 2009 at 1:49 am

I love sausage and pasta! I’m sooo ready for spring to arrive!


RecipeGirl January 28, 2009 at 2:23 am

Sounds like it has been very cold in your parts lately! Stay warm. I love the whole wheat pastas. I’m thankful that TJ’s carries some of that good stuff at a good price too. Looks like a yummy, healthy pasta dish!


Lori January 28, 2009 at 5:48 am

That turkey sausage and spinach look so tasty!


Happy cook January 28, 2009 at 6:25 am

Wow the pasta with the sausages looks so delicious.


Donna-FFW January 28, 2009 at 6:54 am

This dish looks like something I would so enjoy. And such healthy ingredients!! It looks so inviting!


Clumbsy Cookie January 28, 2009 at 7:02 am

You just gave me a great idea! Next time I make homemade pasta I’ll add some ground flax seed! Stay warm Lisa!


The Blonde Duck January 28, 2009 at 7:11 am

That looks like a delicious dinner. And I love it took 30 minutes!


Lucy January 28, 2009 at 8:55 am

Just perfect, really!! We’re being pounded once again w/the snow here too, and your dish sounds like the fix for today 😉


Katherine Aucoin January 28, 2009 at 9:10 am

This is a warm and comfy meal for a cold night.


Debbie January 28, 2009 at 9:25 am

I love pasta recipes. This one is a keeper!


Erica January 28, 2009 at 9:48 am

mmmm I am all about the healthy pasta dishes lately and yours looks AWESOME! What kind of turkey sausage do you use (did I miss this??).


Tracy January 28, 2009 at 10:51 am

I have been on a pasta kick lately. Looks great!


Allie January 28, 2009 at 10:53 am

Sounds like the perfect meal to warm everyone up!


kat January 28, 2009 at 10:53 am

That does look yummy. That storm out on the East Coast sounds awful


John and Lisa Howard-Fusco January 28, 2009 at 11:15 am

Love pasta dishes like this! – John


Pam January 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm

What a tasty and healthy pasta dish. Looks great Lisa.


Patsyk January 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I love how warm and healthy this dish is… perfect for this cold winter we are having!


Cathy January 28, 2009 at 2:29 pm

It is just downright dreary here, and I want to go curl up on the sofa with a bowl of this right now!


That Girl January 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I think the worst parts of pasta is the mounds of cheese I put on it. Yours is definitely healthy, with just a sprinkle of parm!


Maria January 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Lisa, its cold here too in the UK brrrr. I couldn’t agree with you more, comfort food is definitely something we all welcome in winter. Your warming pasta looks perfect!



Aggie January 28, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Oh that pasta looks like it would really hit the spot. I wish I had a plate of it for dinner tonight!!


Bridgett January 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm

This would make any chilly night better.


Mrs. L January 28, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Our weather has been so strange, warm and sunny during the day and colder than ever at night. I need a nice warm pasta dish to deal with the cold!


Bunny January 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm

This looks really good Lisa, my family would definetly like this.


Rosie February 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Oh I love this such a warm and comforting meal!

Rosie x


The Food Hunter February 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm

This looks delicious. I’m all about pasta!


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