Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts In a Ragu

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Autumn Penne Pasta with Sauteed Brussels Sprouts in a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce.

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts In a Ragu

A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day. Serve this with sprinkled Pecorino Romano and a spoonful of part-skim ricotta on top, yum!! A few other pasta dishes you may like are Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach, Fettuccini with Winter Greens and Poached Egg, and Spicy Whole Wheat Linguini with Peppers and Spicy Sausage.

I know what some of you are thinking, brussels sprouts??? YES, trust me on this, prepared right, they are delicious!

My husband almost didn’t allow me to add them to his portion claiming how much he dislikes them. He put his fork in my bowl of sauteed brussels sprouts and quickly changed his mind. He claimed I cheated by adding all that garlic to them. Well whatever works : )

In fact, all throughout the meal, he raved about what a great dish this turned out to be.

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.
Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.

Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.
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Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts In a Ragu

326.1 Cals 15.7 Protein 54.8 Carbs 6.9 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Italian
Penne pasta tossed with sauteed brussels sprouts and a quick meat ragu using lean ground turkey and just enough hot Italian pork sausage to enhance the flavor of the sauce. A hearty pasta dish for a crisp Autumn day.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet or hot Italian pork sausage link, casing removed, crumbled
  • 3/4 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 10 oz Brussels sprouts, weight after outer leaves and stems removed
  • 1 small onion, diced small
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced small
  • 1 celery stalk, diced small
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes, I highly recommend Tuttoroso
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 lb whole wheat pasta, or brown rice pasta for gluten free

Instructions

  • In a large, wide skillet, add sausage and turkey over medium-high heat, breaking up the sausage and turkey as it cooks into small pieces.
  • When completely cooked through; set aside in a bowl.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the brussels sprouts into thin shreds.
  • To the skillet, add 2 tsp of oil over medium heat.
  • When hot, add the garlic and cook until golden (do not burn).
  • Add shredded brussels sprouts, salt and pepper and sauté until tender crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes; set aside in another bowl.
  • To the same skillet, add remaining 2 tsp of oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion, carrot and celery, stirring well to coat with oil.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables turn golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, sausage and turkey, bay leaf, crushed red pepper, salt and fresh pepper to taste.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer about 30 - 40 minutes, or until sauce thickens.
  • Meanwhile, while sauce is simmering, put a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta.
  • Add the pasta to the water 10 minutes before the sauce is done and cook pasta al dente.
  • Drain and add the pasta to the skillet and toss with the sauce.
  • Add cooked brussel sprouts, toss and place in a large pasta bowl.

Nutrition

Serving: 1and 3/4 cup, Calories: 326.1kcal, Carbohydrates: 54.8g, Protein: 15.7g, Fat: 6.9g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 343.6mg, Fiber: 8.8g, Sugar: 5.4g
WW Points Plus: 8
Keywords: healthy pasta recipes, light pasta recipes, pasta ragu, Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts In a Ragu, ragu pasta sauce

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  1. If I wanted to use 1 lb of ground turkey instead of the sausage, what spice blend should I add?

  2. Just found this  recipe!!!!! Wow, I needed to use up some brussel sprouts and had all the ingredients to complete this tantalizing Italian meal. I never thought of using these veggies in a ragu, incredible results. I did use chicken sausage it was perfect. I finished off the dinner with homemade garlic bread and Gina’s roasted green beans with Parmesan cheese. This is restaurant quality, big thank you Gina❤️

  3. Great! I used Skinny taste recipe to make my own Italian sausage from ground turkey, then turned that into Skinny taste bolognese sauce. Freezing extra, so can use in recipes like this or lasagna etc. Love the addition of veggies to this. I also had some roasted butternut and tossed that in at the end too. I used a low calorie alternative pasta for mine (Liviva penne )and regular pasta for husband. Got rave reviews from husband. Thanks for another great idea.

  4. Hello,
    What is the serving size?

  5. What is the serving size?

  6. This recipe is delicious! I have a question though…when I input the nutrition info into the WW app, it states that it’s 13 points so I’m wondering how you came up with 8. Can you explain so I can make sure that I’m tracking correctly?

  7. This is a great recipe. The only deviations I had was that I also sauteed some spinach and added it. And instead of regular pasta, I used that Banza pasta made of chick peas, Fantastic. You can really play with this and add other veggies. Easy to make. My husband loved it.

  8. The sauce turned out great. I don’t usually make tomato sauce from scratch on a weeknight. I did, however, doctor it up a bit. I added more garlic after I sauteed the onion mix. I also added about 1 tbs italian seasoning and 1 tbs of a pizza seasoning I have (it has fennel and other good stuff in it). My husband couldn’t be persuaded to eat the brussels sprouts, but that’s fine – I put them in my bowl first with some sauce. Then I mixed the pasta with the rest of the sauce. I served my pasta over my sprouts; he had just pasta.

  9. I just finished making this recipe!! Yummy. I did add some red wine to sauce  and when pasta was done a 1/2 c cooked pasta water. I love how you brought in the sprouts! Such a blending of flavors! A dish well worthy of cooking! I love Brussel Sprouts and this  has taken it to the next level! Thank you! Listen to Faith Middleton yesterday and you were on. Good show and job. 

  10. Made this last night – right smack in the middle of a hot Texas summer and it was very, very good. Everyone in my family enjoyed it. I used my food processor to medium shred the sprouts and I added a little chicken broth to the sauce to thin it out a bit and get through the 30 min simmer. Keeper.

  11. I'm recently obsessed with brussel sprouts! This looks like a hearty winter meal. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Big brussel sprout stalks were on sale at the grocery store, so I made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious!

    I started out with the idea that I was going to half the recipe, but quickly went to winging it. I decided that I wanted a lot of veggies and sauce, but not so many noodles, so I used a ton of brussel sprouts (probably more than you used for the full recipe), and about 6 oz italian pork sausage (no turkey). I coarsely diced one full carrot and a full celery stick, but just half an onion. At the end, I cooked up about 3 oz of noodles and put them in too.

    The end result was a veggie-lover's dream: tons of roughage with a little bit of carbs and some meat to round it out. It wasn't the quickest meal because of all the chopping and simmering, but I still have half a brussel sprout stalk and I'm making it again in a few days. It was worth every second of prep!

  13. Loved it! 🙂

  14. Do you think I could make this and freeze it?

    Rebecca S

  15. Oh my goodness I tried this and loved it! Only thing I did was added mushrooms with the onion, celery and carrot. It was so good. Thank you so much!

  16. This looks so good. But where do you get the sauce from. Does it come from the crushed tomatoes?

  17. This recipe is SO delicious! I would change nothing. It's awesome.

  18. I will never make bolognese without brussel sprouts ever, ever again!

  19. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! I was so amazed at how the brussel sprouts add so much flavor to this tastey dish. My family said they would order this in a restaurant! I will make this again. (My first time using ground turkey EVER and I will buy that again.) Thanks!