Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

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Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers, and Escarole is a colorful, flavorful dish your whole family is sure to enjoy.

A bowl of Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and EscaroleChicken Sausage Peppers and Escarole Pasta

I was so excited when a former coworker shared this escarole pasta dish with me because I’m a huge fan of escarole! If you’ve never cooked with escarole, you definitely need to try it. This recipe cooks in about 20 minutes, so it’s perfect for a busy weeknight. You can even do all the vegetable prep earlier in the day, so everything’s ready to go at dinnertime. Some other favorite Italian escarole recipes are my Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Escarole, and Beans and Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs.

What is escarole? 

Escarole is a mildly bitter, leafy green that looks like lettuce. It’s part of the chicory family, which also includes endive and radicchio. If you can’t find escarole in your grocery store, you can use spinach or Swiss chard.

Where to Buy Italian Chicken Sausage

Not all chicken sausages are alike, so it’s a good idea to know your butcher or the person making the sausage if possible. I sampled a few Italian chicken sausages from different stores before I found a favorite made with all white meat at a nearby Italian specialty store. Living in New York, I’m fortunate to have some great Italian resources nearby. If you can’t find chicken sausage, turkey sausage would also work. 

Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta Variations:

  • Use spinach, kale, Swiss chard, or another leafy green as an escarole substitute. 
  • Swap turkey sausage for the chicken sausage. If you can’t find uncooked sausage, use cooked chicken sausage and thinly slice it.
  • Sub the red bell pepper for yellow or green ones or use a mix of colors.
  • Add sliced mushrooms if you’d like more veggies.
  • Skip the red pepper flakes if you’re not a fan of spicy foods.
  • Make this dish gluten-free by using gluten-free pasta.

A bowl of escarole.

Chopped veggies on a cutting board.

Uncooked Italian chicken sausage.

chicken sausage chunks and veggies satueed in a pan.

Escarole on a plate

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Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

297.7 Cals 20.6 Protein 47.2 Carbs 5.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Italian
Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole is an easy weeknight dish!


  • 12 oz Ronzoni Smart taste pasta, or whole wheat or low carb
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb Italian chicken sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 medium head escarole, rinsed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste


  • Rinse escarole and tear into bite sized pieces.
  • Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package directions for al dente.
  • Reserve 1 cup water before draining.
  • Meanwhile, while pasta water boils, heat a large non-stick skillet on medium heat.
  • Add olive oil; when hot add onions, peppers, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon and cook until golden, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add escarole, cover and cook 2 minutes; remove the cover, stir and cook about 3 more minutes or until wilted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add cooked pasta, red pepper flakes, reserved water and Parmigiano Reggiano, toss well and transfer to a large serving bowl.



Serving: 11/2 cups, Calories: 297.7kcal, Carbohydrates: 47.2g, Protein: 20.6g, Fat: 5.5g, Fiber: 7.5g, Sugar: 1.1g
WW Points Plus: 8
Keywords: healthy pasta recipes, italian pasta recipes, pasta with escarole

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  1. This was another amazing recipe! It tasted like something you would order in an Italian restaurant!! The only thing that was odd, I couldn’t break up the texture of the Al Fresco sausage so I had to cut it into pieces (almost chopped), Other than that, it was delicious!!

  2. Excellent and flavorful. I would just swap out the escarole for spinach. I found the escarole too bitter.

  3. Hello Gina,

    Your recipe sounds delicious and I love escarole. Can you please let me know what brand chicken sausage you purchase and where, I live in NY also. Thank you. 

  4. Oh. So. Good. 
    Made this to a T” with only 8oz’s whole wheat pasta, hot Italian chicken sausage, used 5 huge cloves of garlic, but then added 8oz of my favorite mushrooms to the pan with the bell pepper and onions and added  3/4 cup of my favorite Parmesan red sauce at the end with the noodles, and only half the pasta water. 

    I. Am. In. Love. It’s almost got a Thai inspired flavor based on the Italian chicken sausage I used but it’s just so hearty and delicious. I made 7 servings, 315cal/serving with 33g carbs, 27g protein and 12g fat. It’s a perfect light lunch portion or double for a very hearty dinner. 

  5. Just tried this tonight because I had Trader Joe’s sweet chicken sausage in the refrigerator and shopped around on the internet for recipes with what I had on hand.  I did not have red bell pepper and went without. Followed other people’s suggestion and added chicken bouillon to the reserved pasta water. I also used spinach since I also had that on hand. All in all this dish was OK,  I wouldn’t say I was blown away by any stretch but it could be good grub for a hungry crowd.  Worth a try at least once to see which family members especially liked it, or not. 

  6. Not sure if this will get a responses, but do the points reflect freestyle?

  7. Gina, you are the best!  I’ve been making your recipes for years and you’ve helped not only my husband and I but also our adult children eat healthy, wonderful dinners.  My husband always confuses names, therefore, in our family, you are known as skinny ginny.  The kids tease that we’re all skinny ginny’d around here.  This dish as well as all your others is healthy, delicious, easy and nutritionally sound.  I’m thankful for you.  

  8. I made this tonight substituting mushrooms for half of the sausage and spinach instead of the escarole. Since one family member can't have cheese I left that off and used better than bullion to make chicken broth with the pasta water. We really enjoyed it.

  9. this on a pretty regular rotation in my house for the past year and a half, we just had it again tonight. I sometimes substitute spinach for the escarole and I like to have a mix of yellow and red peppers. Delicious. Thank you!

  10. I made this tonight with spinach instead of escarole and I replaced half of the bell pepper with portobello mushrooms. I also left out the red pepper flakes since my family won't eat spicy food. We loved it and have leftovers for lunch.

  11. any substitutes for escarole? I can find them in my local markets here.

  12. Made this tonight for dinner. Delicious. Can't wait for the leftovers.

  13. This was delicious. Couldn't find any escarole, so I replaced it with kale. Spicy, hearty and flavorful. Loved it.

  14. Wow Gina! What can I say, another winner! I made this tonight for dinner and my husband and I LOVED it! I've never had Escarole before and thought it went very nice with this dish. I did add some baby bella mushrooms and I didn't have uncooked chicken sausage on hand but had some thin & trim cooked Spicy Italian chicken sausage, so I just cut them in small pieces. This is definitely on our top 5 list!

  15. Hi,
    This looks great! I have 2 questions. Does this call for 12 ounces of cooked or uncooked pasta? Also, if I wanted to lessen the amount of pasta, how else could I bulk it up? Do you recommend using more of any certain veggies? What about a can of diced tomatoes…would that work? Thank you!!!

  16. This is one of my go-to Skinnytaste recipes, Gina! I've never disliked any of your recipes, but I think this is the one I like the most (or at least it ties with the baked ziti with sausage & spinach). My favorite part is that I can make it Sunday evening, separate it into single serving tupperware, and eat it for a delicious din throughout the work week. After a long day, this makes great comfort food without that guilty feeling. Thank you!

  17. I could only find the hot sausage. Should I not add the crushed peppers? I don't want it to be "Too hot" for the other family members. I am cooking it tonight! 🙂

  18. This recipe is delicious! I am not a fan of escarole, so I substituted spinach, and it was good too. I also added green peppers to the red to give a little contrast to the sweet red peppers. This will definitely be a repeat!!

  19. I am making this tonight with spinach and roasted red pepper chicken sausage—adding baby bella mushrooms and some white wine to the "sauce," subbing spinach for the escarole and adding a mix of fresh red bell pepper and roasted red peppers to compliment the sausage. Can't wait!

  20. Made this for dinner tonight. It is soooooo yummy!! I could not add the escarole or spinach as my husband cannot have anything with Vitamin K. But it was very good anyway. I added more water than a cup and it was very saucy. A definite keeper in my recipe box!!

  21. This dish was delicious! I was a little weary due to not really having a "sauce" but it came out great. I don't have access to escarole so I used spinach and I ended up using Johnsonville chicken sausage w/apples in it and it came out great. The juice from the chicken and the veggies made a nice sauce. I also didn't use the cheese b/c I was not able to get it were I'm stationed.

  22. So, I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to think of this, since I had no idea what escarole was (maybe we call it something different in England?). However I followed the recipe tonight exactly how it was written. OH – MY – GOD it is delicious! It was my first time using chicken sausage too (which my brother thinks is a crime against nature lol). The only chicken sausage I could get was one infused with pesto, so I'm sure that only added to the party that was taking place inside my mouth.
    For anybody that is put off by the escarole, please for the love of food, try this! I guarantee you won't regret it.

    /calculating how many minutes until lunch tomorrow 🙂

  23. Made this tonight – it was so delicious! I used the spicy Italian chicken sausage from Whole Foods and collard greens. I'm so excited for leftovers tomorrow!

  24. Delicious.. used about 6 cups of kale instead. I'd really do the parm separately, it stuck a lot to the pan and serving spoon as I mixed it all together.

  25. I love your website Gina. I'm a full time wife, mother, teacher and a student, so I normally cook a week' meal on the weekend. How do you suggest I freeze some of these meals? Should I us a freezer bag or a glass Tupperware?

  26. Made this for the second time tonight and we absolutely love it! We use Italian turkey sausage in place of the chicken sausage and tonight I forgot to reserve the noodle water, so I just used a splash of chicken broth and it turned out fantastic! Thanks for another great recipe!

  27. This was awesome.. made it last night… I didn't have the escarol…but it was still yummy. My kids even ate the red peppers which was first… wanted to make sure I can make it again since it was so yummy!!

  28. How would this taste re-heated? My husband works nights, so everything I make needs to be able to be put in the fridge and reheated.

  29. Can you use breakfast chicken sausage? My grocery store was out of chicken sausage. Don' really know the difference between the two.

  30. So Delicious!!! Im making it AGAIN tonight for dinner!!!

  31. I just made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! I am so glad that I found your site. Thank you for the wonderful and healthy recipes

  32. Made this last night – Mmm, delicious! I've never used escarole before but figured since I love broccoli rabe, I'd probably love this – I was right! I added a package of mushrooms (probably around 12 oz) to bulk up the (already generous) serving size even more – they added lots of flavor and even more liquid to the sauce. I'd eat the meat mixture by itself, no pasta needed, that's how good it is! Great recipe Gina!

  33. I made this a couple months ago and it was delicious. Thanks for a super easy dish.

  34. Super yummy. I left out the escarole because I didn't have it on hand. Super yummy. I also used Premio Italian Chicken Sausage links. My husband siad he could care less if had regular sausage. Put over low carb pasta. This is a weekly staple. Thanks

  35. I wanted to make this but was wondering how much fresh spinach to use? Thanks!

  36. I made this last night and it was so delicious. I live in LI also and I found premio italian chicken with cheese and garlic sausages, and I was surprised how good they were. Thank you for all your great recipes.

  37. Made this last night. It is AWESOME. Followed the directions, but want to try it with either Kale or spinach next time; only to have different tastes. I did like the escarole and would make it again with that. My husband also liked this. For a 8+ WW points, this was a huge serving. I enjoyed every bite of it.

  38. I have made this several times in the original recipe. Tonight I tried it with kale instead of escarole (because I couldn't find it) and gluten-free penne. Delicious!!

  39. This was very good! I used chicken broth instead of the reserved cooking liquid and I also added a splash of white wine and allowed this to reduce a bit. I also used broccoli instead of escarole. One of my daughters LOVED it and the other 2 didn't complain. That's a success in our house!

  40. Made this tonight and really liked it! Used kale because the escarole at the market looked lousy. This was the first one of your recipes I've tried but it won't be the last!

  41. Gina, This is the first time I've posted, but I've tried many of your wonderful recipes. I just made this for my Grandmother and she said if she had this at a restaraunt she would think she would be truly impressed. Thank you so much for posting all of these recipes. I would love them even if they were not low cal, that just makes it all the better! Thanks again!

  42. Delicious! We made this last night and will definitely make it again. I used Sweet Turkey Italian Sausage and loved the combo.

  43. Just finished dinner, this was so yummy! Even my Italian husband loved it. Used whole wheat pasta and chicken sausage – we will be making this again.

  44. Made this tonight and it was a hit! Thanks for a great site, Gina.

  45. You can use a potato masher to break up the sausage. Its easier than a wooden spoon!

  46. Hello Gina. I used regular sausage instead of chicken sausage. How does it effect the points plus? It came out amazing!!! Thanks for all your recipes !!!!

  47. Hi Gina would Premio sausge work as good as the other brands

  48. Another awesome recipe Gina! I just came to comment and let you know how I had to make a few mods to the recipe when I noticed the comment above mine…..I did exactly the same thing! I used spinach and could only find Hillshire Farm Apple Gouda Chicken sausage links. It came out super yummy! Oh…and I added a can of petite diced tomatoes! I recalculated my points and came out with 10 points per serving, and so worth it.

  49. I made this last night and it was incredible! I couldn't find escarole, so I used fresh spinach instead. I also couldn't find uncooked chicken sausage (might have to do some searching!), so I found pre-cooked sausages in a bratwurst-like form. They didn't break up very nicely, but we just cut the large chunks into smaller ones while eating. Fabulous flavor! LOVE your website, Gina!

  50. Delicious! I used 3/4 lb of italian turkey sausage and 1 link of Italian pork sausage, and spinach instead of escarole (the latter unavailable here). Husband and I kept 'picking' out of the main serving bowl because it was so yummy.

  51. Gina – I made this the other day for my husband and boys and it was a hit! Although – I think I will omit the red pepper flakes next time or just shake it on my husband's plate. I used ground chicken since my grocer did not have chicken sausage. This is only the 2nd pasta recipe I have that is not red! This is delicious! I was amazed that the escarole was fabulous in it. This is going into the rotation!

  52. My husband and I had this for dinner last night and it was AMAZING! We used spinach because my grocery store didn't have escarole and we added a small amount of a basil and garlic tomato sauce.

  53. Made this last night and it was sooo good! I couldn't find chicken sausage so I used ground chicken breast and it was very good. I was worried it would dry out, but nope! Looking forward to my leftovers for lunch!

  54. I used Jenni-O Italian turkey sausage and substituted spinach because my grocer didn't carry escarole. It is delicious and my husband LOVED it. We have plenty of leftovers, which is always a good thing and this recipe was so easy and quick. It will definitely be on my dinner rotation.

    Gina, you make healthy cooking/eating fun! I use your principles/substitutions when I make my other dishes as well. I often feel guilty after eating your food because I think it all tastes so yummy it can't surely be healthy!!! 🙂

  55. Saw this on the list of 2011 best recipes and couldn't agree more. Made this tonight for dinner with my mom and it turned out fabulous. Even my dad, who typically doesn't enjoy "healthy" choices loved it. We used spinach instead of escarole and added mushrooms. It made so much, which will be delicious for lunch tomorrow I am sure. Thanks again for all these amazing recipes. It makes eating healthy so easy and tasty! Keep em coming!

  56. Made this for dinner tonight, it was SO good! I was very surprised there was enough liquid in it to make it tasty. I came VERY close to adding sauce, but then tried it without it, and it was PERFECT!!!! Reminded me of italian restaurant dishes I've gotten in the past. But I know that sauce was made with lots and lots of BUTTER. … Chris

  57. So amazing!! Loved every bite! Did exactly as you said but used fresh spinach instead. So so yummy!!! Thanks!

  58. This was dinner last night thanks to a head of escarole from our CSA. I did use precooked sausage and a purple and green pepper instead. I found we had a lot of pasta and less veggies/sausage, but I think I used a lot less sausage than on the recipe. Either way, it was a nice change of pace and a great use of our CSA veggies. Bonus that Ronzoni Smart Taste was on sale 🙂

  59. Ooh, one more comment to add to my post above. Once again (as with the pasta with brussels sprouts), I found that halving this recipe gave me a very generous portion. I counted it as 4 servings on WW and that makes it 6 PP per serving. Hooray!!!!

  60. This is my 6th ST recipe if I'm counting correctly and once again – amazing! I halved it and it halved beautifully but just because I like them, I would add more escarole and more peppers next time. Also, my hubby is not the hugest fan sausage so I did half chicken sausage and half ground chicken. I left out the oil and did PAM as usual and it was so good! Another ST staple. I may actually make this one again this week it is that good.

  61. Made this tonight and hubby loved it! Used spinach and added some grape tomatoes. Soooo good.

  62. I made this tonight with sweet italian turkey sausage and spinach instead of escarole. My husband needs big flavors usually doesn't like light recipes because they are bland. He and I both devoured this. So tasty. Trust me, you don't need any extra olive oil, resist the urge — the pasta water works wonders!

  63. I tried this recipe and it was excellent! Thanks for sharing something so easy and healthy to make.

  64. I love every recipe I have made from your blog, but this is my favorite! Made it last night, and again…another hit. I could not find a healthy uncooked chicken sausage so I bought a 95% fat free spicy Italian cooked chicken sausage by Thin-n-Trim and it was delicious!! I chopped it up since it couldn't really crumble. It was very difficult to just have 1 serving, but I did. Looking forward to leftovers for lunch! I pretty much make dinner every night using one of your recipes. I hope you publish a cookbook soon. No doubt it will sell big and be a huge success! Thank you for sharing your talents!

  65. Made this last night and it was absolutely yummy!I substituted turkey sausage for Chicken sausage because I could not find any. I also substituted spinach for Escarole (thats not exactly something you will find in a normal grocery I will make this recipe again though!

  66. I love this one. I cook a lot of your recipies and love them all. Keep them coming.

  67. My husband, who is not a cook, made this last night. It was simple enough for him to cook and it was amazing. Thank you so much!

  68. Hi Gina – Thank you so much for putting together this website! I made this tonight for dinner and my kids and I LOVED it. I had to use turkey sausage because my store didn't have chicken. It is definitely a keeper for us. I am not a big cook – don't love doing it. But this site has encouraged me to begin doing some fancier and different cooking. Keep up the great work!! Christine in Atlanta, GA

  69. Delicious! I made this using Shadybrook Farms Sweet Turkey Sausage and it was fabulous! Will definitely be making this again!

  70. Just finished making this and it was delicious! My little sister loved it and was shocked at how good the chicken sausage was. Thanks so much for a great WW friendly recipe!

  71. Glad you all liked it, love the variations!

  72. AMAZING!!! I make many turkey sausage/pasta dishes…and loved them all. Then I made this one and this has become our favorite!! I use hot turkey italian sausage, doubled the garlic, increased the crushed red peppers and made this with spinach. I forgot to save the pasta water so I heated up regular water and added a teaspoon of boullion to it. I only needed about 1/4 cup. I also added 8 ounces of baby bella's. HEAVENLY!! Keep them coming Gina!!

  73. I made this last night (2nd time making it) & it was super yum! Used spinach instead of escarole this time & I think that was a good fit for us. i also added broccoli & used the Smart Chicken sweet Italian sausage (and no red pepper flakes). My husband requested that I make this more often!

  74. I made this last night. I'm in love! I used frozen spinach instead of escarole. It is definitely going into heavy rotation in my kitchen. Thank you 🙂

  75. made this tonight and it was amazing…my butcher had a broccoli rabe chicken sausage and it was so good with everything else. the house smelled delish too!!! my 4 yo even ate it and he tries everything but eats nothing…if that makes sense. anyway he tried it liked it and ate it all. will def be a weekly meal…and its the first time i tried that ronzoni pasta…so good too….

  76. I have made this twice for my family already and they had no idea it was a healthy meal. Everyone absolutely loved it. I did use turkey hot sausage because my butcher was out of chicken sausage and the second time I made it, I used Kale since there wasn't escarole in the produce section. Turned out great both times. Thanks for a new recipe that will be frequently used in my home!!!

  77. Let me know what they think!

  78. As I sit here with a satisfied tummy after trying this dish…..this is so easy to make and fast. I can't wait for my family to try this one. AWESOME is all I have left to say.

  79. I know! I kept picking some out of the pot after I ate mine, not because I was hungry but because it was so good. I suggest putting it away after you serve it so you don't overindulge! 🙂

  80. I made this Sunday night. It was so good, that I ate it for lunch and dinner on Monday and lunch today! I never eat leftovers. I couldn't get enough of this dish.

  81. Oh yea I also used a can of tomatoes with garlic and basil.

  82. Delicious, my family doesn't like peppers so I made it with mushrooms instead. Everyone loved it. I couldn't find escarole at our small town grocery store so my next trip to trader joes I will look there. I used fresh spinach. Its a keeper!

  83. I made this dish this week – it was soooo good. Hubby had 2nds (maybe 3rds!) and had no idea it was low fat. Great recipe – thanks!

  84. Oh- by the way, I used the Italian chicken sausage from the butcher's counter at Whole Foods and it was great. They didn't have escarole so I used endives instead. Loved it 🙂

  85. I just finished eating this and it was fabulous!! I was actually really worried once I started making it. I thought, 'pasta without a sauce? There's no way my kids are gonna eat this.' But I was pleasantly surprised! I added half a yellow bell pepper and 5 mushrooms to increase the veggies. I think I probably looked like a starving child from a 3rd world country while I was devouring this pasta dish! Awesome recipe! I'm seriously SO happy!

  86. we hd this for dinner tonight. it is delicious!!! instead of escarole i used spinach! thanks for another wonderful recipie

  87. Thanks for all your reviews! I'm happy they were all positive ones!

  88. Gina, thank you so much for this site! It's been a great help as I've adjusted to life on WW.

    We made this for dinner tonight and it was great! We used link chicken sausage in the casing (all we could find at the store) but it was still delicious. And it's so quick and easy to make. This is definitely a keeper!

  89. Just made this tonight. My Super Target carried the Isernio's chicken sausage, and I thought it was wonderful! We both loved it. Mine had a lot of pasta versus other stuff, but I think my scale might be off, so I might have added too much pasta. Either way, the flavor was amazing! Thank you again…you make losing weight so much more enjoyable!

  90. My husbands making this tonight!! We're using venison sausage instead but I'm sure it'll taste very similar! 🙂

  91. This was really great. My local grocery store doesn't carry chicken or turkey Italian sausage, so I made my own. I googled the spice mixture and put it in ground turkey. It turned out great. I used ground fennel seeds, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper. Mixed it in the ground turkey, then just followed the recipe as posted.
    Loved it!

  92. This recipe was delicious! My husband LOVED it! And I have to add, I only learned of your blog about a month ago and I've made probably 6 of your recipes and they have all been wonderful! This is now my go to site for meal planning and I recommend it to all my friends! Thank you for helping me get my family (especially my husband) to eat healthy!

  93. Thanks for all your reviews, yes grilled sliced sausage would work too! Turkey, chicken, whatever you can find. Glad you all liked it 🙂

  94. Delicious! I am eating it right now 🙂 Only thing I did different was to slice up my pre-cooked italian chicken sausage and brown it first. I used some of the left over grease from that to saute the onions, peppers and garlic and omitted the olive oil. My only problem was that I overcooked my whole wheat pasta! However, it is still fabulous!!! Thank you for what you do Gina!

  95. This looks delicious! We don't have a butcher (because we live in the middle of nowhere) so we usually use the turkey Italian sausage you can buy in the package. Thanks for sharing!

  96. This looks great! I love how we can use sausage and still be point friendly! I made Jamabalaya recently with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage for my Fat Tuesday (no pun intended) post! Was soo good and point friendly!

  97. YUM!! Just made this, added a little bit of pasta sauce I had left over in the fridge, but overall, such a good recipe!! 🙂 Thanks!!

  98. This was fabulous! I used three cheese chicken sausage which came precooked, so I sliced it up rather than crumbling it out of the casing. It was terrific! The portion size was large but it was so tasty I kept picking at the leftovers! I can't wait to eat it again tomorrow! Thank you!!

  99. I made this tonight and it was a hit!! My grocery store didn't have escarole, so I used spinach, and I added baby bella mushrooms. I used the whole package of sausage which was 1.4 pounds and it didn't overwhelm it. Great job Gina!!

  100. I couldn't find uncooked chicken sausage links, so I'm trying Aidell's Italian chicken sausage links to make this tomorrow night. I'm thinking I'll just slice the links up and brown them with the veggies. I'll need to re-figure the points I'm sure, but I still think it's going to be great 🙂 can't wait!

  101. This was soooo good!! I had to use turkey sausage because our meat department (not sure where a butcher is around here) looked at my crazy (in sincerity) when I inquired about chicken sausage. I also had to use spinach because our grocer did not carry escarole, but it was lovely. The only thing I would change for me is the sausage, I may try turkey bratwurst next time so I can remove them from the casing, I bought links by mistake :-(. I actually want to try it again tonight, lol. It was that good.

  102. Roberta, that's strange!!

    So happy you all liked it, you can use any leafy green veggie. Not sure how the points would change with lean pork sausage, you may have to put this in recipe builder to see.

    Oh how I love pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe, I can't believe I haven't posted that one! Maybe next week!

  103. This was an amazing delicous dish. I made my in-laws a thank you dinner and this is what I chose. I used sundried tomato mozzeralla chicken/turkey sausage and spinach. My FIL has homemade crushed red pepper and it was great. For dessert I made your blueberry cream pie sub. blackberries. Thank you SOOO much.

  104. I left a comment last night about this recipe. It was there last night but has disappeared today! I made this last night, and it's delicious. I think you could substitute spinach, kale, etc. for the escarole, and it would be equally as good. A definite keeper.

  105. WW new Points Plus does not work for me but the old Momentum is a wonderful diet for me so I just want to say thank you so much for always including both programs points. It makes a huge difference! Can't wait to try this one – and at only 6 points!!

  106. That looks great. I agree with you that not all chicken sausage is created equal. When it's made in house I love when the store is knowledgeable enough to talk about what goes into it.

  107. Also, this is delicious with Broccoli Rabe. Lots of Garlic sauteed, add Broccoli Rabe. Cook Chicken/Broccoli Rabe Sausage, cut in pieces, add to cooked Broccoli Rabe. Mix this with hot, cooked Penne Pasta. serve with Grated Parmagiana cheese. Delicious. NO bell peppers added to this dish.

  108. Not only can't I wait to make this, I'm so enjoying the photos. You are, indeed, an artist!

  109. I'll have to look for an all white chicken sausage. I'm glad you used a healthier pasta in the recipe. I'm not a big fan of heavy pasta dishes, but this recipe loaded with veggies looks terrific.


  110. This looks so yummy!!! can't wait to try it- going to pick up some escarole on my next trip to the grocery store. I haven't had escarole in a LONG time; really glad to have a new recipe to use it in- thanks Gina!

  111. WOW! Amazingly delicious! Saw the post this morning and had to have it for dinner. So good! I did the 3/4lb turkey and one hot Italian sausage link…wonderful!

  112. Jyl, the reserved starchy pasta water helps to create a sauce… the starch helps to thicken it.

  113. What does the reserved water do?

  114. This looks incredible! I'm saving this in my "to make" list! 🙂

  115. This sounds great! We've been cooking a lot with chicken sausage here, and I've enjoyed trying all the different kinds. Yum!

  116. Oh this sounds delicious. I don't know that I have access to turkey or chicken sausage (unless it's hidden in the frozen section and I've missed it) what would be the difference subbing in a pork sausage with a low fat content? I do have access to that.

  117. Can't wait to hear the reviews!

  118. Awesome!! I have some italian sausage defrosting right now 😀

  119. Oh, I almost pulled out turkey sausage from the freezer today. I will definitely be making this later in the week, just pick up some escarole.

  120. This recipe looks amazing! My fiance loves pasta, and sausage, so this will be a keeper, I'm sure.

  121. Great! Another thought I had while making this is using 3/4 lb ground turkey with one pork sausage link for added flavor (like we did in the rice ball casserole)

  122. This looks seriously amazing! I just bought chicken sausage… looks like it was meant to be!

  123. This looks absolutely delicious. I love chicken sausage, and any recipes that use it will definitely be tried!