Whole Wheat Blend Rotini with Spicy Turkey Sausage and Mustard Greens

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Whole Wheat Blend Rotini with Spicy Turkey Sausage and Mustard GreensRecipe
Howard L. Puckett

Finalist--Entrées. "Reducing some of the broth for the sauce and adding broth to the pasta water both deepen the flavor. I like the bite of the mustard greens and using healthy poultry sausage." -Jeff Violette, Oakland, ME

8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups pasta mixture)


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1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
4 quarts water
1 (13.5-ounce) package uncooked whole wheat blend rotini (corkscrew pasta)
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (about 1 large)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound hot turkey Italian sausage
8 ounces bagged prewashed cut mustard greens
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Place 1/2 cup broth in a small saucepan over medium heat; simmer until reduced to 3 tablespoons (about 6 minutes). Remove from heat.

Combine water and remaining broth in a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat; stir in pasta. Cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain well; place pasta in a large bowl. Keep warm.

Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion; cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage to pan; cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in greens; cook 2 minutes or until greens wilt. Add reduced broth, half-and-half, and cheese. Cook 4 minutes or until cheese melts and mixture thickens, stirring frequently.

Add sausage mixture to pasta, and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss well to combine. Serve immediately.

Created date

February 2006

Nutritional Information

Calories 328
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 10.4 g
Satfat 4.3 g
Monofat 3.4 g
Polyfat 2.3 g
Protein 20.6 g
Carbohydrate 40.7 g
Fiber 5.4 g
Cholesterol 61 mg
Iron 3.3 mg
Sodium 635 mg
Calcium 164 mg