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Balsamic Roasted Sausage and Grapes with Linguine

Pasta doesn’t have to wear coats of cream and cheese, especially when red grapes and sausage give it sweetness and spice. —Lauren Wyler, Austin, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage links
  • 3/4 pound hot Italian sausage links
  • 3 cups seedless red grapes
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (12 ounces) whole wheat linguine
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups spring mix salad greens


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Place sausage links and grapes in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil and water; pour over sausages. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake 20 minutes. Turn sausages; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until a thermometer inserted in sausages reads 160°.
  • Meanwhile, cook linguine according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
  • Cut sausages into 1/2-in. slices. In a large bowl, combine the linguine, reserved pasta water and pesto; toss to coat. Add the sausage, spinach, salad greens and grapes with pan juices; toss to combine. Serve immediately.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Feb 4, 2020

    This was pretty tasty. I cut the recipe in half and used a feta/spinach chicken sausage. I will have to watch the time closer when roasting the sausages and grapes, the grapes became a little mushy. Overall, very yummy, but leftovers were not very good. Next time I'll cut it down further so we don't have any leftovers.

  • head2toe
    Dec 2, 2013

    It was very tasty. I used Turkey and Chicken Italian sausage. I think the next time I make it I would prefer to place the mixed greens under the pasta mixture rather than mixing it all together.

  • lauralaverdiere
    Sep 3, 2012

    This is a great favorite. Friends continue to ask for the recipe. I add fresh basil as well. It is also good served cold as a picnic dish. I use gluten free pasta and it is delicious!

  • mmahkaren
    Jun 5, 2012

    Very good, unique flavor. Nice mix of pesto and 1 different flavors of sausage. I will definitely add this to my rotation of recipes!