Spring Sausage and Herb Pasta

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Main Courses
Spring Sausage and Herb Pasta

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a simple, seasonal supper that’s smart and satisfying! Featuring hearty sausage, green peas, fresh herbs and a bright lemony sauce, this whole wheat pasta recipe is easy to prepare and fits perfectly into your healthy diet.

This colorful pasta dinner may look fancy but is actually super simple to make! The first step is creating the lemony sauce. Simply combine olive oil and lemon juice in a bowl and whisk to emulsify. Chop up fresh parsley and mint and set these aside until the end.

The hardest part about making this meal is cooking the sausage, which is actually not that hard at all! We use a lean ground pork sausage but you can easily swap in chicken or turkey sausage. Even ground beef would work just fine! You can crumble it into small pieces or leave larger chunks of the sausage: Either way you will end up with a delicious result.

Once the sausage is fully cooked, drain the fat and throw it in a large pot with cooked whole wheat pasta. Add in your lemony sauce, chopped fresh herbs, green peas and a sprinkle of black pepper. That’s it! We love this meal because it’s easy to customize and only requires a handful of simple, seasonal ingredients.

One serving of this Spring Sausage and Herb Pasta meal contains 314 calories. If you’re on a Nutrisystem weight loss plan, you can log it into your NuMi app as one PowerFuel, one SmartCarb and one Extra. Click here to log this recipe in NuMi! >

Healthy Hacks: Make this spring-inspired pasta dinner recipe even more green by adding a vegetable serving! Have some fun and get creative with your favorite non-starchy options, including broccoli, green beans, asparagus, green onions or sugar snap peas. You can also pump up the protein with another PowerFuel, such as creamy goat cheese for an extra decadent sauce or shaved parmesan cheese as a salty garnish. Have some fun with Free Foods for even more fresh flavor (minced garlic and Italian seasoning are two of our faves).

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Servings: 6

Calories per Serving: 314

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground pork sausage
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pasta, cooked
  • 1 ½ cups green peas
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh mint
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and lemon juice. Whisk to combine and emulsify.
  2. Finely the chop parsley and mint. Set aside.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Crumble the sausage into the pan and let it brown without stirring for 3-5 minutes. Once browned, flip and stir the meat and cook until no pink spots remain. Drain the fat.
  4. Place all ingredients into a large pot and toss to combine.
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