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Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe
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Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe

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This slimmed-down version of a savory supper has just half the calories, 20% of the fat, 15% of the saturated fat and about 40% of the cholesterol. Yet the full-flavor result is one her family—and your—can enjoy without the guilt.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 3/4 pound turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 3/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 343 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 600 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat 1 fat, 1/2 reduced-fat milk.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the sausage, red pepper and onion over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain and return to the pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, half-and-half, milk, wine or chicken broth, cheese, salt, pepper and paprika until blended. Add to the sausage mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  3. Drain pasta. In a large bowl, combine sausage mixture and pasta. Before serving, sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta in Light & Tasty April/May 2004, p14

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"Sounds good but very confusing recipe. Do you use all of the 1 C. FF Half & Half, 1 C. Milk, Wine and Chicken broth or do you choose one of these to use? The way it is worded it sounds like you are to pick one of these. Maybe that is why some say it was too thin because they used all of these ingredients."

Reviewed May. 18, 2015

"This was just ok. I asked my husband if it was a keeper and we both shook our heads no."

Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"I also added garden fresh chopped tomatoes."

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"Great recipe, has a really rich creamy sauce, very filling and won't ruin my diet!"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"Made with one can of drained diced tomatoes (with onion and celery) instead of red pepper. Used rice wine instead of chicken broth. Was amazing!"

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