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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Cookbook - Main Dishes

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Simple Sausage Pasta Toss

  • 8 oz multigrain spaghetti*
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs*
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 lb Italian turkey sausage links, cut into 1/2 inch slices*
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 oz each) no salt added diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (2 1/4 ox) sliced ripe olives, drained


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast break crumbs in oil over medium heat; remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes and olives. Cook and stir until heated through. Drain pasta. Add to skillet. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

*Use whole-wheat pasta, try rolled oats or crushed bran cereal in place of seasoned breadcrumbs. Use a meatless product such as tofu.

Nutrition facts

  • 1 2/3 cups=340 calories
  • 10 g fat (2 g sat fat)
  • 41 mg cholesterol
  • 689 mg sodium
  • 44 g carbohydrate
  • 6 g fiber
  • 21 g protein