Arugula & Sausage Pasta Skillet

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One of the best things about summer is all the fresh and tasty vegetables that are available. Being able to eat vegetables right after they are picked is amazing. I belong to a CSA to make sure I get plenty of fresh local vegetables every week, and a few times this summer I have received leafy green arugula, which I used to make this Arugula & Sausage Pasta Skillet.

A skillet filled with pasta, sausage, and arugula.

Arugula is a leafy green vegetable with a spicy peppery taste that stands out more than the greens I usually cook with like spinach. I have tried it in salads, but I especially like it cooked, and it goes perfectly with Italian flavors like spicy sausage and tomatoes.

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A bunch of arugula on a wooden table.

This recipe is a very quick recipe, which makes it perfect for a busy weeknight. I made this with leftovers, since I had leftover pasta and Italian sausage from a prior meal, and from start to finish it was ready in 15 minutes. If you don’t have leftover pasta it would take a little bit longer to make, but not much!

A skillet filled with pasta, sausage, arugula and greens.

I heated my cast iron skillet, and warmed up the sliced Italian sausage. Then I tossed in some fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden and let them simmer for a few minutes. Finally I added the pasta and arugula and stirred it all for a few minutes until it was warmed through and the arugula wilted.

A skillet filled with pasta, tomatoes, kale, and arugula.

I used spicy Italian sausage, and it I had used mild I would probably have added 1/2 t. of red pepper flakes to amp up the flavor. The pasta dish is a nice hearty meal, and is perfect either with or without a topping of Parmesan cheese.

For more pasta dishes try this Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken Pasta.

Yield: 4

Arugula Pasta with Sausage

Arugula Pasta with Sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lb cooked Spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 12 oz cooked pasta
  • 8 oz arugula
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked pasta and the arugula, and toss in the skillet until the greens start to wilt and the pasta is warmed up, about 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 406Saturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 483mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 16g

A skillet filled with pasta, sausage and brussels sprouts topped with arugula.


Hi, I’m Anne!

I love to cook and I want to share my recipes with you. I believe cooking should be approachable and fun, not a chore. I want to make simple recipes using everyday ingredients that you can make again and again, whether it is for a busy weeknight, a summer cookout or a special dessert. Read more...

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