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Hot Italian Sausage and Tomato Pasta

Real Simple JUNE 2005

  • Yield: Make 4 servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes
  • Other: 20 Minutes


  • 1 pound dry fettuccine
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 4 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 pint red or yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 cup arugula, torn
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan


Cook the fettuccine according to the package directions. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion softens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sausage and cook about 5 minutes, using a wooden spoon to crumble it. Add the tomatoes and cook until the skins burst, about 8 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add the cooked fettuccine, basil, and arugula and toss gently to combine. Serve in bowls and top with the Parmesan.

Tip: Vegetarians can omit the sausage. Try adding 3/4 cup Feta cheese to the pasta and greens.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 122mg
  • Calories: 783
  • Calories from fat: 36%
  • Carbohydrate: 94g
  • Cholesterol: 43mg
  • Fat: 32g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Protein: 31mg
  • Saturated fat: 9g
  • Sodium: 1107mg