One Pot Creamy Pesto Pasta with Turkey Sausage

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A one pot creamy pesto pasta filled with savory Italian turkey sausage, crisp bell pepper, and tender spinach greens. A quick and easy weeknight meal that can be made in under 30 minutes. 

creamy pesto pasta

After whipping up a couple batches of my favorite homemade pesto yesterday I knew only one thing was in order, pasta night! We rarely eat pasta because I like to get my carbs from so many other places… like desserts. Okay, you got me. Mainly donuts. But on this day nothing would do but a big heaping bowl of pasta.

I love pesto but my husband is an avid alfredo lover. So naturally I combined the two ingredients as a compromise. Matter of fact he informed me after he had this pasta that he can never pass up any alfredo pasta, which made me feel a little guilty for not making it for him more often.

creamy alfredo pasta

He raved about this pasta. I have to admit that I thought it was delicious myself. In an attempt to make this pasta a little on the lighter side, I used a lean spicy Italian turkey sausage. Spicy is completely optional but in our house it’s a must. The best part about this pasta is that it can be made in one pot!

You could always use a homemade alfredo sauce but I was in need of something quick so I used a reduced fat jarred one. I did think to myself that a cauliflower alfredo sauce would also be a delicious alternative with a lot fewer calories. If you try that, let me know how it goes.

I used two of our favorite veggies in this pasta; red bell pepper and spinach. This recipe is very versatile though and you could swap out these vegetables for any kind that you prefer.

creamy alfredo pasta

This one pot creamy pesto pasta with turkey sausage really is such an easy weeknight meal. We loved it.


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One Pot Creamy Pesto Pasta with Turkey Sausage
 
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A one pot creamy pesto pasta filled with savory Italian turkey sausage, crisp bell pepper, and tender spinach greens. A quick and easy weeknight meal that can be made in under 30 minutes.
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Serves: 6 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Cavatappi Pasta
  • 1 lb Italian Turkey Sausage (I used a spicy variety)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Cup Spinach, packed
  • 2 Cups Reduced Fat Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 Cup Homemade Pesto or Store bought pesto
  • Parmesan for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package. Drain and set pasta aside. Meanwhile, in the same pot, sauté the turkey sausage until fully cooked. Remove sausage from skillet onto a plate lined with paper towels Add red bell pepper and cook for about 2-4 minutes or until the bell pepper is just tender. Return sausage and pasta to the pot. Add in the spinach, alfredo sauce, and pesto and cook for 2-4 minutes on medium heat until the pasta is coated with sauce and warmed throughout. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

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    • Mariah Mercurio says

      You are so sweet! haha yay we can have our donut obsession together! Being pregnant totally gives you the excuse to indulge….unfortunately I have NO excuse!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Ah you totally need to make your own pesto Cyndi! It is so easy and I love having it sitting in the freezer for quick meals! Thanks for the pin!

  1. says

    I like getting my carbs from desserts too. Like that bowl of ice cream I had last night. Shhh! Don’t tell anyne! This is my kind of pasta! I love pesto, and my husband loves alfredo, so I like combining them and making a pesto afredo too! Love the spicy sausage and vegetables in here Mariah.

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Ah I love ice cream. My hubby brought home this new raspberry white chocolate flavor from Haagen Dazs, I am obsessed. Totally not whole 30 approved lol

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