Garlic Cauliflower and Sausage Pasta is easy to make and packs in so much flavor with lean turkey sausage, tender cauliflower, and a quick tomato sauce. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down
This easy Sausage Pasta with Garlic Cauliflower is just the comforting meal you have been craving now that the nights are getting cooler. A hearty and light pasta dish filled with lean turkey sausage, earthy cauliflower, and plenty of flavor. If you are a sausage lover, you also need to try this Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Pasta.
I couldn't be happier that the nights are finally starting to cool down so I can once again routine to my Monday pasta night routine. In our house, Mondays are almost always reserved for pasta but we took a few months off over the summer when it was just too hot for a big bowl of pasta. And I couldn't be more excited about it. To kick things off, I made this simple cauliflower and sausage pasta dish that we devoured. The sausage adds depth and flavor to the cauliflower and sauce plus it helps the cauliflower to brown and caramelizes in the pan. Yum.
When it comes to pasta dishes and keeping things healthy, my strategy is usually to pack in the veggies. This recipe has almost equal amounts of pasta and cauliflower, but no one will even notice since the cauliflower absorbs all the delicious flavors of the sausage and sauce.
Also, I almost always use high fiber pasta or whole wheat pasta. Personally, I prefer whole wheat, but the rest of the house likes the more "traditional pasta," so many nights its high fiber white pasta. Both are great options and will help you sneak in some extra fiber and whole grains. Alternatively, you could use spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles for a low carb option. I would just recommend doubling the sausage to make sure it is filling enough.
There's not too much more to it than that. Top it all off with some fresh Parmesan cheese and fresh basil and dinner is ready.
Recipe Ideas For Sausage Pasta
- Make a creamy sausage pasta by adding in 1/4 cup of reduced fat cream cheese or some half and half. You won't believe how indulgent it makes this healthy spin on pasta taste.
- Add some greens with spinach. Simply throw in a few handfuls of spinach in the last couple of minutes of cooking and it will melt right into the sauce.
- If cauliflower isn't your thing, you can make this with broccoli, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, butternut squash, or peas. Pretty much anything will work, just adjust the cooking times.
- The sausage is key to building flavor in this dish so make sure to choose a sausage that tastes really good. Ground sausage works best since the oil released during the cooking process helps to brown the cauliflower and flavors the entire dish.
- Add some bell peppers to the mix for a classic sausage and peppers type of dish. Just saute it along with the onion.
- Although I finished this pasta with Parmesan cheese, you could also top it with mozzarella, goat cheese, or even feta.
Tips for Making this Garlic Cauliflower and Sausage Pasta
- There are lots of great options for lean ground sausage in the grocery store. Usually, I reach for a spicy lean ground turkey sausage, but any option will work. You could also make your own using ground beef, turkey, or chicken. However, it is important to choose ground sausage since the fat from the sausage will help the cauliflower to caramelize and brown.
- The sauce for this pasta dish isn't very liquidy and some people may find they want to add more tomatoes. Just make sure to kick up the seasoning if you add extra tomatoes so that the sauce stays nice and flavorful.
- I like things on the spicy side, so I add a good dose of red pepper flakes to this dish. It's delicious and pairs really well with the cauliflower.
- Frozen cauliflower will work in this recipe but it won't get quite as browned and caramelized. Still delicious though.
Looking for more healthy pasta dishes?
- One Pot Caprese Pasta
- Stovetop Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna
- Lemon and Broccoli Pasta with Shrimp
- Pasta Primavera with Spinach Pesto
- More healthy pasta recipes
Here are some of the products and tools I used to create this dish:
- San Marzano tomatoes are the best option out there for canned tomatoes. They are sweeter and less acidic than normal diced tomatoes. If you can find them, I recommend using San Marzano diced tomatoes or chopping up the normal canned San Marzano tomatoes. It makes the sauce much better in my opinion.
Garlic Cauliflower and Sausage Pasta
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- 8 oz. high fiber pasta
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 U onion, diced
- 3 U cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey sausage
- 4 cups cauliflower florets (cut into small bite size pieces)
- 14 oz. canned diced tomatoes (undrained)
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
- Salt and pepper
Bring the pasta water to a boil.
While the water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil in a large skillet or sauce pan. Add the onion and cook 4-5 minutes until it begins to soften. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
Add the sausage and cook 5-6 minutes, breaking it up as you go, until browned. Add the cauliflower and stir. Press the cauliflower down into the pan and let cook for 5-6 minutes, until cauliflower begins to brown.
Add the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 15 minutes or until cauliflower is just tender.
Meanwhile cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and add to the cauliflower and sausage sauce. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Top with Parmesan cheese.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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