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Chicken Sausage Spaghetti

Chicken Sausage Spaghetti is one of those busy week-night dinners that is ready in 30 minutes or less. It's made with spaghetti, chicken sausage, veggies and your favorite marinara sauce.
spaghetti in a bowl with chicken sausage, feta cheese, olives, zucchini, squash and red onion.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Chicken Sausage Spaghetti is hearty, healthy and filling.
  • It’s a recipe that the whole family will enjoy.
  • It’s ready in 30 minutes or less.
  • The veggies in this recipe are 100% customizable.
  • Try using your favorite marinara or white pasta sauce.
  • You can make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free spaghetti or pasta.
  • This recipe can easily be made vegan or plant-based with the use of plant-based sausage links.
  • Try my healthy 20 minute lemon pasta.

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions (if any) for this Chicken Sausage Spaghetti. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card, at the bottom of this blog post, for the full list of ingredients and instructions.

I personally love the Jalapeño and Sun-dried tomato chicken sausage from Trader Joes. The mixture of the two in this dish is the perfect balance of spicy and sweet.

I love using spaghetti for this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite type of noodle instead. You can also make this recipe gluten-free with the use of gluten-free pasta such as chickpea pasta.

I use a simple tomato marinara sauce from Trader Joe’s. Feel free to use your favorite kind here.

The combination of zucchini, squash and red onion adds the perfect crunch and texture to this pasta dish. Feel free to use your favorite type of veggies instead.

If you’ve never added black olives to your pasta then you are really missing out! It adds to perfect amount of flavor and saltiness. If you aren’t an olive fan, feel free to leave them out.

Extra virgin olive oil and freshly minced garlic or garlic from the jar work great in adding flavor to the veggies.

Just a touch of pasta water adds a ton of flavor to the store-bought marinara sauce and helps bind the noodles to the sauce.

To finish it off, I love adding on a sprinkle of feta cheese for the perfectly balance of tanginess. Trust me!

squash, red onion, zucchini, marinara sauce, feta cheese and spaghetti noodles.

Taste And Texture

This Chicken Sausage Spaghetti is hearty, flavorful and delicious. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory with the different flavors of chicken sausage. The feta cheese adds a tanginess that is really unmatched.

How To Make

ONE: Bring water to a rolling boil and add in a touch of salt. Then cook noodles al a dente (meaning, drain them right before they are almost done cooking).

TWO: While the pasta is cooking, add 1 tbsp of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), to a pan and add in the minced garlic. Then, add in the red onion. Saute for about 3-5 minutes.

THREE: Next, add in the zucchini and squash and again, saute for an additional 5-7 minutes.

FOUR: When the veggies are done cooking, turn heat to low and add in the sliced black olives and marinara sauce.

FIVE: When pasta is done, drain and reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water.

SIX: Add in the marinara sauce mixture and pasta water to the noodles and mix until well combined. In the same pan, add in the sliced chicken sausage and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and heated all the way through.

SEVEN: Add chicken sausage to the pasta and mix once more before serving.

EIGHT: Sprinkle with a touch of feta cheese and enjoy warm!

a bowl of pasta

Tips And Tricks

Reserve pasta water for added flavor.

Cook spaghetti al a dente, meaning just a few minutes before the packaged time.

Use feta cheese and olives to really bring this dish to life.

How To Serve and Store

Serve this Chicken Sausage Spaghetti warm with a sprinkle of feta cheese on top.

Only add feta to the spaghetti that you’re enjoying at the time. Store serperately.

Store spaghetti in an airtight container in the fridge, and enjoy within 3-4 days.

a close up of pasta that's topped with marinara sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of noodle/pasta?

Yes! I would recommend a linguine, but feel free to use your favorite kind.

Is there a specific marinara sauce to use?

I personally love the organic marinara from Trader Joe’s, but feel free to use your favorite!

What type of chicken sausage is best?

I use the jalapeño and sun-dried tomato from Trader Joe’s. These sausages are fully cooked, but you can use your favorite kind in replace.

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If you make this Chicken Sausage Spaghetti, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below, under the recipe card. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on InstagramTiktok or Pinterest!

Chicken Sausage Spaghetti

Chicken Sausage Spaghetti is one of those busy week-night dinners that is ready in 30 minutes or less. It's made with spaghetti, chicken sausage, veggies and your favorite marinara sauce.
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PREP TIME:
15 minutes
COOK TIME:
10 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
25 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 2 12oz packages of fully cooked chicken sausage, sliced
  • 1 med squash, diced
  • 1 med zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 med red onion, sliced
  • 16oz package of spaghetti
  • 24oz jar of marinara sauce
  • 3.8oz jar of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • feta cheese for topping

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

6 servings

Directions

  1. Start by bringing water in a large pan or dutch oven to a rolling boil and add in a touch of salt. Then add in the spaghetti noodles and cook al a dente (meaning, drain them right before they are almost done cooking). 
  2. In the meantime, preheat a large saute pan and add 1 tbsp of EVOO. Once heated, add in the diced garlic and sliced red onion, saute for about 3-5 minutes. 
  3. Next, add in the diced zucchini and squash and saute for an additional 5-7 minutes. 
  4. When the veggies are done cooking, turn heat to low and add in the drained sliced black olives and marinara sauce. 
  5. Next, when the pasta is done cooking, drain and reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water. Add cooked spaghetti back to pot.
  6. Then, add in the marinara sauce mixture with the veggies and the pasta water to the cooked spaghetti noodles and mix until well combined. 
  7. In the same pan that the veggies were cooked in, add in the sliced chicken sausage and cook for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat, or until golden brown and heated all the way through. 
  8. Add the heated chicken sausage to the pasta and mix once more before serving. 
  9. Sprinkle with a touch of feta cheese and enjoy warm! 

Notes

Reserve pasta water for added flavor. Cook spaghetti al a dente, meaning just a few minutes before the packaged time. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 3-4 days.

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Such a great way to elevate your regular spaghetti dish. I would never think to add olives to spaghetti but it actually works