Photo: Colin Clark; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford 
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups pasta and 1 teaspoon cheese)

You can substitute spinach for the arugula, if you like. For less heat, decrease or omit the crushed red pepper.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Easy and satisfying meal for family of five

May 04, 2015
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.

Better than anticipated

April 29, 2015
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.

amateurcook's Review

September 22, 2014
Made this last night and it was really good. My husband went for 2nd's so it must have been tasty. I did tweak the recipe for our tastes and it was very well received. Will definitely make again.

ksmith6103's Review

September 09, 2014
Simple and delicious! Loved the sweet turkey sausage. My boyfriend asked me when he smelled it in the air..."are you sure we should be eating this?" That's always a good sign...

StacyYC's Review

August 26, 2014
Quick easy and tasty - whole family liked it. Will be making it again.

JoanneKA's Review

July 18, 2014
We made it just as the recipe stated and all loved it! (even my 3 kids: 14, 11, 8). So easy and good!

Napes77's Review

July 02, 2014
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.

kroberts1140's Review

May 20, 2014
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.

redenton's Review

April 23, 2014
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.

JenGutz's Review

April 15, 2014
This dinner was a hit! It came together easily & fast. I used spinach instead of arugula as that is what I had on hand. Next time I make it I would add some sliced green olives.