Turkey Sausage & Spinach Orecchiette Recipe
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Turkey Sausage & Spinach Orecchiette Recipe

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Don't let a funny sounding word like orecchiete scare you away. These little ear pasta shapes are the perfect partner for spicy turkey sausage and Italian seasoning. —Andrea Phillips, Lakeville, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 pound uncooked orecchiette or small tube pasta
  • 3 hot Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup rinsed and drained white kidney or cannellini beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Additional shredded Asiago cheese, optional


  1. Cook orecchiette according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, cook and stir the sausage, onion, garlic and pepper flakes over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Add the spinach, Asiago cheese, Parmesan cheese, beans, peppers and Italian seasoning; cook just until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally.
  3. Drain orecchiette; add to sausage mixture and toss to combine. Sprinkle with additional Asiago cheese if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Turkey Sausage & Spinach Orecchiette in Taste of Home August/September 2012, p50

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 240618
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Wonderful! Definitely making again. Simple to assemble."

kgriff User ID: 7743101 186758
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"I made this using mild Italian turkey sausage and it was really tasty. It's a little scant on sauce for my taste so I think next time I make it, I'll double the sauce ingredients. I made a big batch and froze some for lunch. It freezes and reheats surprisingly well!"

alice balliet User ID: 1312313 120794
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"Absolutely delish! Made it for some friends and we all had seconds. Can't wait to make it again."

e1leavell User ID: 6968223 180552
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"We loved this! It will be a regular on our monthly dinner menu!"

dymiller User ID: 115297 180551
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"Why any buys hamburger helper when you make something this good and this easy. A little crusty bread and a glass of light wine and you are in heaven!!"

Anniepants User ID: 5509096 120788
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"I am the author of this recipe. I noticed they missed a key ingredient when publishing this, the extra virgin olive oil! I use a generous amount when cooking the sausage/onion/garlic/red pepper mixture."

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