Spicy Sausage Pasta Skillet

 It's no secret that I don't eat red meat or pork. I haven't since I was 9. My mom often tried to sneak fast ones on me growing up (and succeeded a few times). There's a long story behind it. But not too long to share with my newer followers:

Growing up my best friend, Amy, lived on a farm. I hung out with her all the time, and spent summers with her, prepping her animals for the fair. I was a "city" girl, who lived all of maybe 12 blocks away, but a city girl nonetheless. When I went to my BFFs to play I would BEG Amy's sisters to let me do their chores. I never understood why they always gladly let me go to the barn instead of them... Feeding the animals, frolicking in the yard, it was glorious.

One day Amy and I were eating hot dogs, or hamburgers, or something along those lines. It was then I learned we were eating the animals we had been caring for. That was enough for me.

You'll see plenty of chicken and turkey dishes on here. Why eat those meats but not the swine or bovine? Well, the chickens on the farm were down right MEAN. The only chore I hated helping with was collecting eggs. Chickens pecking away at your arms and legs is not my idea of fun. So, poultry? Yes, please.

On to my point... When I happened across a one-skillet dish that actually called for smoked turkey sausage I knew it was already a winner in my world.

Did I already mention one-skillet? That also equals keeper. Annnnd, per severing this is less than 300 calories! Winner, winner spicy sausage pasta skillet dinner!

Spicy Sausage Pasta Skillet

Serves 6

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
12 oz smoked turkey sausage, sliced
2 large shallots, or 1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups chicken broth
10 oz Rotel
1/2 cup half & half
12 oz (1 box) cut pasta
4 cups baby spinach
Parmesan cheese, for topping
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet (I used a 12″ skillet) over medium-high heat. Add sausage and shallots then saute until sausage is slightly curled, about 5 minutes (do not over cook or sausage will become rubbery.) Add garlic then cook for 30 more seconds, stirring constantly.
  2. Turn heat up to high then add chicken broth, tomatoes, half & half, and pepper. Mixture may look curdled, but it’s fine. Bring to a boil then add pasta and stir to combine. Place a lid on top then simmer for 10 minutes, or until pasta is al dente, stirring once or twice. Add spinach then stir to combine and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

SO GOOD! Scott liked it, except for the spinach. I knew he'd pick it all out, and he did. Next time I'll probably add a little less spinach, but I like the stuff, so I'm not nixing it totally.

Nutrition info per serving (this does not include shredded Parmesan cheese):
Calories - 290
Fat - 9 g
Carbs - 38.5 g
Fiber - 5 g
Protein - 14 g

Source: Iowa Girl Eats


  1. That looks awesome! Definitely going to include this into my "ready in 20 minutes or less" meal rotation.

  2. That looks so great! I will most definitly have to make that...fell like I make the same things over and over again!

    I so know what you mean about chickens...mean little suckers. My aunt and uncle lived on a farm and I was the same way. I hated the chickens and they were the meanest little things ever.


  3. I'm going to have to write this down and make it sometime, it looks so yummy!

  4. This looks delicious!! Yum Yum :) Thanks for sharing!!

  5. it's funny that you eat poultry because the animals were mean to you! but i guess that's as valid a reason as any hahaha

  6. Omg I'm so going to eat chicken and think of you from now on, lol, and while I'm chewing I'll be thinking you completely deserve this!

    That looks delish! You make the most tastiest looking food!

  7. yum!!! i want this for dinner tomorrow night!!

  8. that looks absolutely delish!! I don't eat much red meat or pork - it's just not as appealing to me as chicken and turkey. I also can do fish.
    But this recipe is sooo me!! yum!

  9. Wow, this looks delicious. I'm going to pin it on my Yummy Food board in Pinterest with the other recipes I'll be trying soon. I love one pot wonders! And who doesn't love a good bit of sausage?

    I'm Natashya, by the way. I saw your comment on my best friend Tayler's blog and decided to come look at yours. I like it! Your little tyke is adorable! I'm a new follower.




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