with Turkey Sausage & Spinach

Fresh lemon zest shines in this classic pasta dish with meaty turkey sausage and just a kick of heat. For less than $2 a plate, this is a quick and easy supper that we’re sure will make it into regular rotation in your household.
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  • 4Servings


  • 1 1/2 links fresh lean turkey sausages (about 6 oz), no added nitrates or nitrites, casings removed
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 
or to taste
  • 6 oz spinach leaves 
(about 6 packed cups)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 oz Parmesan 
cheese, grated


  1. Mist a large pot or saucepan with cooking spray and heat to medium-high. Add sausage and cook, stirring and crumbling with a spatula, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  2. To same pot, add 2 cups water and milk and bring to a boil on medium-high. (TIP: Watch carefully and stir from time to time, as milk has a tendency to boil over.) Add spaghetti and pepper flakes. When liquid returns to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, stirring frequently, until spaghetti is just short of al dente, 11 to 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in spinach and simmer, uncovered, until spinach is wilted, most of the liquid has absorbed and spaghetti is al dente, 2 to 4 minutes. Add lemon zest, black pepper and sausage and stir until heated through, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Divide among plates and top evenly with cheese.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 370
  • Carbohydrate Content: 49 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 42 mg
  • Fat Content: 11 g
  • Fiber Content: 8 g
  • Protein Content: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 4.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 531 mg
  • Sugar Content: 6 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 2 g