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Fresh Tagliatelle with Sausage, Red Peppers, and Arugula

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

If you usually think of arugula as salad, think again. The bright, peppery green brings vibrancy and freshness to this otherwise rich pasta. Hot Italian sausage will make this dish spicy; for less heat, use sweet sausage.


  • Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz. hot or sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 13-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained and finely chopped (1-3/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 10-oz. package fresh tagliatelle or fettuccine
  • 4 cups loosely packed baby arugula (about 2-1/2 oz.)
  • 3/4 oz. (1/2 cup) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 620
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 270
  • Fat (g): 30
  • Saturated Fat (g): 13
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 13
  • Cholesterol (mg): 65
  • Sodium (mg): 1510
  • Carbohydrates (g): 66
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 20


  • Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Break the sausage into bite-size pieces and add them to the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until browned, about 4 minutes. Pour off all but 1 Tbs. of the fat and return the skillet to medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the peppers and cream and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently until the sauce is slightly thickened, 8 minutes.
  • Cook the pasta in the boiling water according to package instructions. Drain well and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the sauce, arugula, cheese, and basil (if using) and toss with tongs until the arugula is slightly wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

For sweet treat after the meal, serve Balsamic-Macerated Strawberries with Basil over biscuts or pound cake.


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Reviews (6 reviews)

  • User avater
    Maya_B | 06/21/2016

    Super flavorful relative to super easy, my kind of weeknight recipe! :) Family loved it, was very easy to ace even without the exact proportions. nice flavor that can be varied depending on what sausage you use (we used italian chicken sausage, a little unusual but made for a lighter result but still delicious). Def recommend!

  • vmcousineau | 06/15/2015

    Fast, easy and truly delicious. My husband who is not a pasta lover asked for seconds....

  • Krispie | 04/13/2015

    This dish is flavorful and super easy to make. A definite week night favorite.

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