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Turkey Sausage & Spinach Orecchiette

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


  • 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 cannellini beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Additional shredded Asiago cheese, optional


  • Cook orecchiette according to package directions.
  • 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, red pepper and Italian seasoning; cook just until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain orecchiette; add to sausage mixture and toss to combine. Sprinkle with additional Asiago cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 382 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 593mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Dec 30, 2015

    Wonderful! Definitely making again. Simple to assemble.

  • kgriff
    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
    Jul 4, 2013

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

  • e1leavell
    Nov 13, 2012

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

  • jennaferlea
    Aug 19, 2012

    No comment left

  • dymiller
    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
    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.