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Originally published 11/2019 and updated on 1/7/2020
Chicken sausage pasta will excite you, especially if you believe that eating healthy means no more pasta! There are healthier, nutrient-dense pasta out there waiting to be eaten and chicken sausage is the perfect complement.
This chicken sausage pasta recipe is one of those meals that I could eat every day. In fact, sausage is a regular on our meal rotation because it’s easy and healthy. Perfectly browned, seasoned, chicken sausage, sautéed with garlic, onions, and fresh spinach, placed in a simmering, herb-infused tomato sauce!
Add perfectly al dente brown rice pasta and you’ve got yourself a healthy, delicious weeknight meal!
how to make chicken sausage
Wegman’s chicken sausage
Pork sausage is ok but was always a little fatty for me. Chicken sausage is the perfect alternative. They come in great seasoned flavors. I prefer buying it raw versus the already cooked kind. Some of my faves are Wegman’s Pesto with Feta & Spinach chicken sausage or Roasted Garlic & Herb Chicken Sausage.
Nature’s Promise chicken sausage
Nature’s Promise chicken sausage is also out-of-this-world! I love their kale sweet Italian or with cheese and garlic.
When preparing the sausage, cut a slit length-wise on the sausage so you can remove the sausage from its casing. Then simply break it into pieces into your pan. You don’t have to remove the casing, however, I find it easier when working with chicken sausage because it’s less firm than pork sausage.
how to make tomato sauce for chicken sausage pasta
The tomato sauce is wonderfully flavored with an herb-infused olive oil. I make this in batches for easy use. If you don’t have time to make the herb-infused version, you could use regular olive oil and add some of the seasonings directly to your sauce. You don’t have to add everything, simply add what you have on hand like garlic, red pepper flakes, or fresh herbs.
Next, add the tomatoes⏤you’ll want to use whole San Marzano tomatoes. These have more pulp and fewer seeds. Regular canned tomatoes will work however I prefer the San Marzanos!
What pasta to use for chicken sausage pasta
I am a HUGE fan of Jovial’s brown rice penne (or any of their brown rice noodles). Their brown rice pasta is gluten-free and made with organic brown rice and water (doesn’t get much simpler than that)!
I love having so many whole grain pasta options these days because I couldn’t imagine life without pasta! Jovial is absolutely a fave!
Combine the sausage, veggies and penne with the sauce and then serve with fresh grated parmesan cheese, fresh herbs or black ground pepper.
This is SURE to be a crowd-pleaser at your house!
add other veggies to chicken sausage pasta
I love to incorporate as many vegetables as possible in a meal like this. For this recipe, I stuck to onions and spinach but feel free to add any veggies sitting in your fridge! Try:
- whatever is in your fridge that you need to use up!
Saute diced carrots and celery with the onions for extra nutrients! Most of these won’t impact the overall flavor of the dish (peppers are an exception but I love the slight change in taste)!
how long will chicken sausage pasta keep?
Store leftovers in an airtight container or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Properly stored, chicken sausage pasta will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator or up to 2 months in the freezer.
other pasta favorites you’re sure to love:
- turkey bolognese
- easy zucchini shrimp scampi
- best meatballs ever
- butternut squash noodles with chicken & cream sauce
- ribollita soup
This recipe was adapted from Alton Brown’s chicken parmesan meatballs and I HIGHLY encourage you to make that recipe! They are phenomenal!
3-4 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories345
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- Sugars 7g
- Protein 24.3g 49%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.