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If you’re looking for a healthier family dinner recipe that’s easy to make on a busy weeknight, this Light and Easy Chicken Sausage Pasta Skillet is just that! It is a healthy and lightened-up dish made with whole wheat linguine noodles, cannellini beans, chicken sausage, baby spinach, and Parmesan cheese. To make this dish, start by sautéing some onion, bell pepper, and chicken sausage. Then add beans, chicken broth, spinach, and Parmesan. Finally, serve everything with cooked whole wheat pasta. Your family will enjoy this Light and Easy Chicken Sausage Pasta Skillet as much as mine does!

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What Makes This Dish Healthy?

This family-friendly pasta recipe features whole wheat noodles. In comparison, whole wheat noodles are healthier than regular pasta. They have more fiber, iron, and higher protein content. Whole wheat pasta uses grains that are less processed, leading to a healthier product. Whole wheat pasta will also keep you fuller for longer!

light and easy chicken pasta skillet

This dish also features cannellini beans, a food high in iron, potassium, and calcium. I also like to add baby spinach leaves since leafy greens have so many health benefits. Spinach is rich in vitamins A, K, and C and promotes healthy muscles, which is why it was a favorite of Popeye!

It is so fun and easy to make pasta a healthy meal. For more healthy pasta, try my Classic Light Macaroni Salad!

Pasta with Parmesan

Ingredients in Light and Easy Chicken Sausage Pasta Skillet

Pasta Ingredients

  • whole wheat linguine
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sweet Italian chicken sausage
  • red bell pepper
  • onion
  • cannellini beans
  • low-sodium chicken broth
  • baby spinach
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

How to Make Light and Easy Chicken Sausage Pasta Skillet

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the linguine according to package directions for al dente. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta cooking water before draining the linguine.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, sausage, red pepper and onion to the skillet and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 8-10 minutes.

Add the beans, chicken broth, spinach, and pasta to the skillet, and toss gently with tongs. Cook until the spinach is wilted, about 2-3 minutes.

If the pasta is too dry, add the reserved pasta cooking water ¼ cup at a time.

Season with salt and black pepper.

Serve with 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top for each serving.

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Light and Easy Chicken Sausage Pasta Skillet
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Light and Easy Chicken Sausage Pasta Skillet

Created by: Brooke Farmer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
6 servings
Chicken sausage, whole wheat noodles, baby spinach, and Parmesan cheese make the best and healthiest pasta dish, perfect for a family-friendly quick weeknight meal!

Ingredients
 

  • 6 oz. whole wheat linguine, dry
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 links sweet Italian sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 6 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the linguine according to package directions for al dente. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta cooking water before draining the linguine.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, sausage, red pepper and onion to the skillet and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the beans, chicken broth, spinach, and pasta to the skillet, and toss gently with tongs. Cook until the spinach is wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
  • If the pasta is too dry, add the reserved pasta cooking water ¼ cup at a time.
  • Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Serve with 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top for each serving.

Notes

Calories from Fat: 65
WWP+: 7
SmartPoints: 6

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 531mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g

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