Springtime Pasta and Sausage

Betty Crocker's Heart Healthy Cookbook shares a recipe! Turkey sausage provides a simple addition to traditional pasta that's ready in less than 30 minutes. Perfect if you love Italian cuisine.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

8
ounces uncooked regular or whole wheat spaghetti
12
ounces Italian turkey sausage links, thinly sliced
1/2
teaspoon fennel seed
2
cloves garlic, minced
1
box (9 ounces) Green Giant™ Simply Steam® frozen sugar snap peas, thawed
2
cups sliced fresh mushrooms (about 5 ounces)
1/3
cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32 oz carton)
5
roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
4
medium green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3
cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 Cook spaghetti as directed on package in 4-quart Dutch oven or saucepan; drain and return to Dutch oven.
  • 2 Meanwhile, cook sausage, fennel and garlic in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sausage is no longer pink in center; drain. Remove sausage from skillet.
  • 3 Place sugar snap peas, mushrooms and broth in skillet. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in tomatoes and green onions; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Add sausage and parsley; cook 1 minute longer or until hot.
  • 4 Add sausage mixture to spaghetti in Dutch oven; toss gently to mix.

Expert Tips

“I grew up eating sausage and still love it, but since I’m watching my cholesterol, it’s not a good choice for me. This recipe made with a healthier turkey sausage satisfies my craving without the saturated fat.” Cindy L.

Becoming a food label reader and really keeping track of what you eat can make a difference. There are now many tasty lower-fat products. Instead of buying regular smoked sausage with 17 grams of fat per serving, you can get smoked turkey sausage with 3 grams of fat per serving.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
290
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
430mg
430%;
Total Carbohydrate
38g
38%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
17g
17%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
30%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.