Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups pasta and 1 teaspoon cheese)
Photo: Colin Clark; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
8 ounces uncooked rotini
3 (4-ounce) sweet turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
1 1/2 cups finely chopped arugula, divided
1 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 cups unsalted canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
How to Make It
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook 7 minutes or until al dente. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add 1 cup arugula, onion, oregano, crushed red pepper, and garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, tomatoes, sugar, black pepper, and salt to pan; bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook 2 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup arugula. Divide pasta mixture among 4 shallow bowls; top with Parmesan cheese.
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This went over pretty well with my gang. I omitted the arugula/spinach and subbed in hot turkey sausage and omitted crushed red pepper. Nice meal with a starter salad. Although I must say that you would get fairly the same results by using jarred marinara sauce and a can of petite diced tomatoes in place of the crushed tomatoes and sugar. I have made that way as well.
I thought this was going to be just ok, but it was really good. My market only carries turkey breakfast sausage, so I subbed that. And since my family doesn't like arugula, I subbed spinach. Otherwise made as written. Will definitely make this often - it is so quick and easy. Perfect for a work night meal.
I have made this twice now and my husband and I both love it! I have used sweet Italian chicken sausage and it worked just fine. It is on the spicy side so you could cut down on the red pepper if you want to cut the bite.
Pretty good, and quick. A few substitutions. I used whole wheat rotini, and I used hot italian turkey sausage as opposed to sweet, and then dialed back the red pepper. The sauce was a shade thin. I might throw in a little paste next time. Over all, pretty good. We'll have it again.
This dish was outstanding. I had to make two alterations to the recipe due to ingredients not being available. I used regular sweet Italian sausage and replaced the arugula with spinach. The changes didn't affect the dish overall and it was a hit.