This Pasta with Turkey Sausage and Smoked Mozzarella recipe is a hearty and flavorful dish that combines the leaner choice of turkey sausage with the rich taste of smoked mozzarella. Perfect for a comforting dinner, this pasta dish is sure to please with its delicious combination of flavors.


  • 12 ounces pasta (penne, rigatoni, or fusilli work well)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound turkey sausage (casings removed if applicable)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup smoked mozzarella cheese, diced
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish


  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water, and set aside.
  2. Cook the Turkey Sausage: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the turkey sausage and break it apart with a spoon. Cook until browned and no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer the cooked sausage to a plate and set aside.
  3. Sauté the Onion and Garlic: In the same skillet, add the chopped onion. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  4. Add Tomatoes and Seasonings: Stir in the diced tomatoes (with their juice), dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  5. Combine Pasta and Sauce: Return the cooked turkey sausage to the skillet. Add the cooked pasta and chicken broth. Toss well to combine, adding a bit of the reserved pasta water if needed to loosen the sauce.
  6. Add Smoked Mozzarella: Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the diced smoked mozzarella cheese until it starts to melt and coat the pasta.
  7. Serve: Divide the pasta among plates or bowls. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
  8. Optional: For added richness, you can finish the dish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 650
  • Fat: 22g
  • Carbohydrates: 75g
  • Protein: 35g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Serves: 4 people

Pasta with Turkey Sausage and Smoked Mozzarella offers a lighter take on traditional sausage pasta dishes without sacrificing flavor. The smoked mozzarella adds a depth of flavor that pairs beautifully with the savory turkey sausage and herb-infused tomato sauce. Enjoy this comforting and satisfying meal with your family on any weeknight.

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