Pasta with Sausage, Spinach, and Pine Nuts

Total Time
20 min
5 min
15 min
Reserving some of the pasta’s starchy cooking water is a good idea.


olive oil

2 tsp

uncooked turkey sausage(s)

½ pound(s), Italian variety, cut into 1⁄4-inch-thick rounds

pine nuts

2 Tbsp

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp

uncooked pasta

9 oz, fresh fettuccine variety

fresh spinach

9 oz, baby leaves


  1. Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan, over high heat.
  2. Meanwhile heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the pine nuts, garlic, and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring frequently until the nuts are lightly browned and the sausage is dark brown, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 2 minutes. Drain, reserving 1⁄2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the saucepan; add the sausage mixture, spinach, and the reserved water; toss to coat. Yields 1 1/2 cups per serving.


Cooked pasta tends to soak up a lot of whatever sauce is coating it and the reserved water can add moistness.

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