Smoked sausage, white bean and spinach pasta with toasted pine nuts is the perfect weeknight meal--and it's ready in 15 minutes. The smoked sausage brings a smoky spiced flavor to the dish which means you don't need extra spices!

Recipe Summary

additional:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

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  • Heat a dry large skillet over medium-low heat and toast pine nuts, stirring frequently, until pine nuts are golden in spots, about 3 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in the same skillet on medium-high heat. Saute the smoked sausage for 5 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove smoked sausage and set aside.

  • Add the zucchini and vegetable broth to the skillet and simmer until zucchini are soft, about 5 minutes. Add spinach, white beans and cherry tomatoes; continue to simmer for 2 minutes until spinach is wilted and tomatoes are soft.

  • Turn the heat to low; add the pasta and smoked sausage to the vegetables mixing well to combine and cook for 30 seconds until heated through.

  • Garnish with toasted pine nuts and serve warm.

Cook's Notes

Add Parmesan and green onions for garnish.

Add 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper for extra spice.

You could use winter squash in addition or in place of the zucchini.

Nutrition Facts

666 calories; protein 26.3g; carbohydrates 57.2g; fat 36.8g; cholesterol 62mg; sodium 1170.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2016
I made this as directed once and it was a little bland. The next time I added 3 tbsp minced onions 1 tbsp diced garlic 1/2 tsp black pepper and I increases the broth to 1 cup. It was so good I added it to our rotation. I also made it with smoked chicken sausage to make it that much healthier. I have a developmentally disabled daughter who won't eat vegetables. Once she tried it she clean the plate and wanted more! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/15/2018
Bland and generally awful. Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2016
I made this as directed once and it was a little bland. The next time I added 3 tbsp minced onions 1 tbsp diced garlic 1/2 tsp black pepper and I increases the broth to 1 cup. It was so good I added it to our rotation. I also made it with smoked chicken sausage to make it that much healthier. I have a developmentally disabled daughter who won't eat vegetables. Once she tried it she clean the plate and wanted more! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2016
Easy to make meal in one pot. I left out the pine nuts and broth used a can of tomatoes (with juice) instead of cherry tomatoes and used fresh green beans because I didn't have zucchini. Cooked green beans in the tomatoes and juice. Everyone liked it. I will try it with the zucchini next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2019
I am too much of a novice to roast pine nuts so I roasted sunflower seeds. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. It was delicious and the presentation was terrific. I might try to make it with spaghetti just because it was so light and flavorful maybe it would like being married to spaghetti. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/15/2018
Bland and generally awful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2019
I made this but used artichoke hearts instead of zucchini and added fresh garlic (4 cloves minced) red pepper flakes and definitely mushed some of the beans to thicken the sauce. I also used 1 cup of vegetable broth. Came out delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/09/2015
I left out the pine nuts because I didn't have any and I honestly could have done without the tomatoes. I had to substitute chicken broth for the vegetable broth. I'm giving it 3 stars based on how I made it not necessarily the way it was supposed to turn out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2018
This is really good. I did not have zucchini or fresh cherry tomatoes but I used (some) canned tomatoes. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/26/2017
Great simple fairly healthy dish. Made it pretty much as is but added 1 cup of vegetable broth VS 1/2 cup. thanks for the idea. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2019
turned out great I used garlic chicken smoked sausage Read More
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