Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Skinny Sausage Pasta with Vegetables
This Italian skinny sausage pasta with vegetables recipe is one of my all-time favorites.
It’s adapted from the great cookbook, Jacques Pepin’s Kitchen: Cooking With Claudine, that was also a fun television show on PBS years ago, back in the pre-FoodNetwork days.
I first made this easy Italian sausage pasta dish for my brother, Peter, back in the late 1990s. He gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up and it’s been in my files ever since.
I love pasta. It’s one of my all-time favorite dishes! I can’t imagine life without it which is why Weight Watchers is the only weight loss program that has ever worked for me long term. With Weight Watchers no food is off limits.
But the way I enjoy pasta has evolved through the years. As a lifetime Weight Watchers member, I’ve learned to load it up with vegetables and/or protein to make it more filling.
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Skinny on Skinny Sausage Pasta with Vegetables
You can adapt this recipe to suit your tastes and what you’ve got available.
I love the combination of corn, broccoli and grape tomatoes, but green beans and/or zucchini would be delicious too.
To save on fat and calories and keep this Weight Watchers friendly, I usually opt for Italian-style chicken or turkey sausage whenever I can. And lately I’ve been using whole wheat pasta too.
According to my calculations, each generous serving has 341 calories, *9 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *11 SmartPoints. Enjoy!
Variations & Substitutions
Vegetarian? – Skip the sausage and just use the vegetables. Substitute soy crumbles or tempeh. Or add a can of your favorite beans (rinsed and drained) – garbanzo beans or white beans would work well
Different meat? – Any kind of sausage will work – pork, chicken, turkey. So would ground turkey, beef or pork or chopped chicken.
Different vegetables? – Onion, bell pepper, corn, broccoli, zucchini, green beans, cauliflower, mushrooms, etc.
Spicer? – Add a chopped chili pepper or big pinch of dried crushed red pepper flakes
Watch this video to see how to make another Weight Watcher friendly pasta – healthy chicken pasta with zucchini and corn:
If you like this Italian-style sausage pasta with vegetables, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly recipes including: Healthy 4-Ingredient Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes, Crock-Pot Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta, Slow Cooker Creamy Pasta Primavera, Pasta with Peas & Smoked Salmon and Copycat Olive Garden Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli
An easy, healthy and delicious Italian sausage pasta brimming with fresh vegetables!
- 6 ounces Italian-style turkey sausage
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 12 ounces tube-shaped pasta, such as ziti or penne
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 cups corn (fresh, canned, or thawed frozen)
- 12 ounces cherry tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
- Crushed red pepper flakes for serving (optional)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt to the water, and cook the pasta until it's al dente. Before draining the pasta, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
Meanwhile break apart the sausage into small pieces and cook in 1 tablespoon of oil in a large saute pan until nicely browned (about 10 minutes or so).
While the pasta is cooking and sausage is browning, rinse your broccoli florets and halve any of the tomatoes that are especially large.
Once the sausage has browned, add the broccoli and garlic to the pan, stir to combine everything and then reduce the heat, cover the pan and let cook for about 5 minutes.
Add the corn and tomatoes, cooking covered for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the drained pasta, reserved pasta water, salt and remaining olive oil. Stir to combine everything over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Alternatively, you can dump everything into the pasta pot to combine if your saute pan isn't quite large enough.
Turn out to a warmed pasta bowl and serve with grated parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes, if you like.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus *9
Weight Watchers SmartPoints *11
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*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
Watch WeightWatcherGirl as she shows how she makes another great Weight Watchers friendly pasta recipe, cheesy broccoli and chicken alfredo:
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