Penne with Italian Sausage

9 Feb

You have GOT to try this recipe!

I know I say that a lot but this recipe is absolutely fantastic. I recently declared hate on spaghetti because it always leaves me full and yucky so  I became an instant fan because it didn’t leave me feeling bloated and full.  It left me satisfied. There is a combination of flavors I wouldn’t have thought to put together but are delicious.



Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Escarole and Beans

Penne with Italian Chicken Sausage, Escarole and Beans
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 331.9 • Fat: 8.6 g • Protein: 22.5 g • Carb: 44.7 g • Fiber: 8.0 g • Sugar: 0.8
Sodium: 525.9 (without salt)

  • 10 oz Ronzoni Smart taste pasta (or whole wheat or low carb) (I used wheat)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (I forgot the onion but it was still great)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 12 oz uncooked Italian chicken sausage, removed from casing (Al Fresco)
  • 1/2 cup fat free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (Eden)
  • 1 medium head (7-8 cups) escarole rinsed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, or to taste (optional)
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

::I used the crushed red pepper and it was amazing! but if you are sensitive to spices leave it out::
Rinse escarole and tear into bite sized pieces.

Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente in a large pot of salted water. Reserve 1/2 cup water before draining.
While pasta water boils, heat a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil; when hot add onions, garlic, salt and pepper until soft, about 4-5 minutes.

There was plenty left over so I will definitely be eating some for lunch tomorrow. I have decided that I will either


This Saturday Austin and I are going to run in a Valentine Fun RunRed heart hosted by our school! Its only two miles but I figured it would be fun to get out there and run together for only $15 (its usually double for a regular 5k) and two miles aren’t that hard so it wouldn’t scare Austin away from running future races.



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