Sunny Italian Getaway: Chicken Sausage & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Zesty Lemon & Parmesan


 Embark on a culinary journey to Italy with a skillet pasta that sings with flavors. Juicy chicken sausage mingles with fresh spinach, tangy lemon zest, and the rich, salty goodness of Parmesan. Each bite is a melody of textures and flavors, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Photo of a dining table setup: a plate filled with Chicken Sausage & Spinach Skillet Pasta, topped with extra grated Parmesan, accompanied by a glass of white wine, and a basket of garlic bread, evoking an Italian dining scene.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields: 6 servings
  • Ideal Serving Size: A generous scoop, ensuring a portion of sausage, spinach, and pasta.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 450 kcal per serving
  • Proteins: 22g
  • Fats: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Sodium: 510mg
  • Fiber: 4g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Pasta (penne or fusilli): 500 grams
  • Chicken sausage (sliced): 300 grams
  • Fresh spinach: 200 grams
  • Olive oil: 30ml
  • Garlic (minced): 15 grams
  • Lemon zest: from 1 lemon
  • Parmesan cheese (grated): 100 grams
  • Salt: 5 grams
  • Freshly ground black pepper: 3 grams
  • Red chili flakes (optional): 2 grams
Photo of a skillet filled with Chicken Sausage & Spinach Pasta, showcasing perfectly cooked pasta coated in a creamy Parmesan sauce, with visible slices of chicken sausage, wilted spinach, and lemon zest, set against a rustic Italian backdrop.

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot, boil water with salt and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until aromatic.
  3. Add the sliced chicken sausage and cook until browned.
  4. Toss in the fresh spinach and cook until wilted.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and mix well.
  6. Season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes (if using). Stir in the lemon zest.
  7. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the pasta and mix until it melts and creates a creamy sauce.
  8. Serve hot with additional grated Parmesan on top.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • A splash of white wine can be added during the cooking process for added depth of flavor.
  • Fresh basil or parsley can be used as a garnish for added freshness.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use a different type of sausage? Yes, turkey or pork sausage can also work well in this dish.
  • How can I make it vegetarian? Substitute the chicken sausage with grilled vegetables or tofu for a vegetarian version.