Pasta With Sausage, Arugula, and Bread Crumbs

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  • Serves 4
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 594 calories
    • Fat 23 g
    • Sat Fat 6 g
    • Cholesterol 25 mg
    • Sodium 669 mg
    • Protein 22 g
    • Carbohydrate 75 g
    • Sugar 6 g
    • Fiber 4 g
    • Iron 4 mg
    • Calcium 96 mg


  1. Check 3/4pound gemelli or another short pasta
  2. Check 3tablespoons olive oil
  3. Check 1/2cup panko bread crumbs
  4. Check 1tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  5. Check kosher salt and black pepper
  6. Check 3/4pound Italian sausage links, casings removed
  7. Check 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  8. Check 5ounces baby arugula (about 6 cups)


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the thyme and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper; transfer to a small bowl. Wipe out the skillet.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and onion and cook, breaking up the sausage with a spoon, until the onion is soft and the sausage is browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add the sausage mixture, arugula, and ¼ cup of the reserved cooking water to the pasta and toss to combine (add more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce). Serve sprinkled with the bread crumbs.