Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers, and Escarole is a colorful, flavorful dish your whole family is sure to enjoy.
Chicken 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.
More Pasta Recipes You’ll Love:
- Spaghetti with Sautéed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes
- Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce
- Pasta with Butternut Squash, Spicy Sausage, and Baby Spinach
- Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes
- Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli
Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole
- 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.
139 comments on “Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole”
So easy and yummy! I used kale and chickpea pasta. I added bone broth instead of the pasta water. I also threw in mini tomatoes. Soo good.
I happened to buy escarole and was looking for a recipe to use this. I happened to have all the ingredients on hand and glad I tried it!! This was fabulous. I had a hard time containing myself to one portion. Another winner
This is delicious with the mighty spark bruschetta ground chicken!
Delicious! Easy to make and tastes better than it would at an Italian restaurant. Gina, what would I do without your fabulous recipes?
I made this recipe with Impossible Sausage (spicy) and added zucchini instead of escarole which sadly I did not have – but I have plenty of zucchini! lol The Impossible Sausage comes in a 16-oz roll and is easy to crumble and brown. This was an amazing recipe and sooo good. It is in my family’s regular dinner rotation now.
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!!
Excellent and flavorful. I would just swap out the escarole for spinach. I found the escarole too bitter.
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.
I like Premio and can find it at Stop and Shop.