Healthy Chicken Sausage Pasta

Healthy Chicken Sausage Pasta

Healthy Chicken Sausage Pasta

Looking for quick and healthy chicken sausage pasta recipes? This 20 Minute Sausage and Kale Pasta with white beans and roasted red peppers and chickpea pasta is healthy, easy and completely delicious! 

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Large skillet with chicken sausage pasta with kale, white beans, tomatoes and roasted red peppers.

AMAZING Healthy Sausage and Kale Pasta with White Beans and Roasted Red Peppers

I’m almost always working on recipes that are healthy, quick (under 30 minutes) and that use ingredients that are easy to find. This Healthy Chicken Sausage Pasta recipes checks all those boxes. Made with better-for-you chickpea pasta, chicken sausage, white beans, and roasted red peppers, this simple sausage and kale pasta is the perfect healthy dinner option for a weeknight.

I’ve broken down the steps to show how easy this chicken sausage pasta is to make. Let’s get right to it!

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Flat lay of ingredients for healthy chicken sausage pasta; kale, white beans, roasted red peppers, tomato sauce, onion, spices, chicken sausage and chickpea pasta.

What you’ll need to make this Healthy Chicken Sausage Pasta recipes

  • Chickpea Pasta (like Banza) – Penne works great! You can also use regular pasta in this recipe.
  • Chicken Sausage – look for good quality sausage without added nitrates or nitrites. If you don’t have access to chicken sausage, any other good quality, pre-cooked sausage will do.
  • Yellow Onion, chopped
  • Fresh Kale, rinsed, torn and stems removed.
  • White Beans – Cannellini beans (White kidney beans) work well in this recipe, you can also use Great Northern Beans or Garbanzo (Chickpeas) Beans.
  • Jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • No-Sugar added tomato sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic salt
  • Ground pepper

For exact ingredient amounts and full instructions be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for the full recipe. Thanks!

 

Photo collage of four skillets, each with kale and onions, sasuage, rest of ingredients and pasta added.

How do I make sausage and kale pasta from scratch?

Start by sauteeing the onion and kale in a large skillet. Next, add the sliced chicken sausage. Since it is pre-cooked, it will need to heat up for just a few minutes. Then, add the rest of the ingredients; beans, roasted red peppers, tomato sauce and spices. Stir together and bring to a low simmer. Add the cooked pasta and stir together well. That’s it, you’ve got it!

 

Healthy chicken sausage pasta with kale, white beans, roasted red peppers in a large skillet.

Is chicken sausage bad?

No. Chicken sausage is a great alternative to some other less healthy sausages. Make sure to purchase a good quality chicken sausage that is free of added nitrates or nitrites.

What can I use instead of chicken sausage?

If chicken sausage is not available, you can also use turkey sausage or any other smoked sausages that are pre-cooked. Again, be sure to read your labels and look for a sausage that is free of added nitrates or nitrites.

How long does it take to cook chicken sausage?

Be sure to read the label of the chicken sausage you purchase. Many brands of chicken sausage are already cooked, and therefore just need to be heated through for 5-7 minutes.

What can I use instead of kale in this sausage and kale pasta?

If you cannot find fresh kale, fresh spinach is a great substitution in this recipe.

 

Wooden spoon serving out a scoop of chicken sausage pasta topped with shredded mozzarella cheese.

What can I top this chicken sausage pasta with?

Shredded mozzarella or Parmesan cheeses are great options to top your chicken sausage pasta.

How long will this sausage and kale pasta last?

When refrigerated in an airtight container, this sausage and kale pasta will last up to 5-7 days. 

Can I meal prep healthy chicken sausage recipes?

Yes, definitely! This Healthy Chicken Sausage Pasta recipe is fantastic for meal prepping. Make on the weekend and pack in your meal prep containers to take to work, or freeze for later. Simply reheat in the microwave when you’re ready to enjoy a healthy lunch.

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Large skillet with chicken sausage pasta with kale, white beans and roasted red peppers.

 

If you would like more similar healthy chicken sausage pasta recipes, check out some of my other recipes:

Baked Sausage and Peppers

Slow Cooker Sausage and Lentil Soup

Healthy Unstuffed Peppers

One Pot Cheesy Italian Goulash

One Skillet Stove Top Lasagna

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

 

Here’s the recipe for my Healthy Chicken Sausage Pasta:

Nutrition

Calories

304 cal

Fat

6 g

Carbs

46 g

Protein

16 g
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Serves 6 servings

Healthy Chicken Sausage Pasta

Looking for quick and healthy chicken sausage pasta recipes? This 20 Minute Sausage and Kale Pasta with white beans and roasted red peppers and chickpea pasta is healthy, easy and completely delicious! 

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz.) box, chickpea pasta - penne or rigatoni work well
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 6 c. fresh kale, rinsed and torn with stems removed
  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg, chicken sausage, links sliced
  • 1 c. jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can, Cannellini beans (white kidney beans)
  • 1 (15 oz) can, tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • Optional topping:
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese or Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Begin boiling water to cook your chickpea pasta. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and saute the onion and kale. Stirring often, cook for 5-7 minutes. The onions will become translucent and the kale will wilt down. Stir in the sliced sausage and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, beans, roasted red peppers, and spices. Keeping the heat at medium-high, stir the ingredients together and bring to a low simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Once the pasta has cooked, it can be immediately added to the sausage mixture. Stir it in well to coat.
  5. Top with any optional mozzarella or Parmesan cheese and serve right away.

Notes

Each serving is approximately 1 1/2 cups.

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egg free
soy free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
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Healthy chicken sausage pasta in large skillet and plated with sliced carrots.

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