September 24, 2012

Kielbasa with Pasta, Beans and Spinach


I love sausage of almost any type, but it isn't always Weight Watchers friendly. When I saw this recipe using some of my favorite ingredients, I knew I had to try it out! I adapted this recipe very slightly from the Weight Watchers cookbook Fresh, Fabulous, Fast. It really lived up to the title. I was in a rush because I wanted to get the recipe photographed the night I made it and I was quickly running out of sunlight. The downside to the change of seasons! Luckily it came together in under a half hour and I was able to snap the pictures you see here.

And don't worry, the apple and pumpkin recipes are coming soon!



Kielbasa with Pasta, Beans and Spinach
Adapted from Fresh, Fabulous, Fast

Makes 4 servings, serving size 1.5 cups

8 oz whole wheat penne
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz turkey kielbasa, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
4 cups spinach
1 cup drained and rinsed canned chickpeas
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Red pepper flakes to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
1. Place the pasta and salt into a large pot and cover with water; bring water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain and set aside.

2. While the pasta is cooking, brown the sausage in a large skillet; add spinach, beans, onion, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until the spinach is wilted; combine pasta and oil with the spinach mixture.



Nutritional Information
Calories: 383
Fat: 8
Carbohydrates: 59
Fiber: 9
Protein: 18
Sodium: 774
Points+: 9

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