Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pasta Fagioli

One of my favorite places to find healthy recipes is on They have a community recipe page that is filled with healthy and diet friendly recipes. I visit this site almost daily to check out the new posts. I saw this one a few weeks ago and thought I would try it. It is loaded with veggies and turned out delicious.

  • 1 lb chicken sausage ( I used Italian turkey sausage)
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 16 oz Cannellini beans (I used great northern white beans)
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup dry whole wheat pasta (macaroni might be a good alternate to the spaghetti I had on hand)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup carrots sliced 
  • 1 cup zucchini diced 
  • 1 lb mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes with green  pepper and onion
  • 8 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  1. In a non stick pan brown sausage with the minced garlic.
  2. In a stock pot bring broth, diced tomatoes, and seasonings to a boil. 
  3. Add browned sausage and garlic. (I drain mine first on a paper towel to collect excess grease. 
  4. Cover and simmer for 10- 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile cook and drain pasta.
  6. Add all the veggies except spinach to the stock pot and simmer for 10- 20 minutes until veggies are tender. 
  7. Add spinach and cooked pasta. Simmer until spinach is wilted.
  8. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and serve.  
Nutrition Information:
8 servings at 6 weight watcher points+ value per serving.

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