With veggies, complex carbs, and protein all in one bowl, this super quick family dinner of Spaghetti with Sausage is made for weeknights…or weekends when you want to eat well without the fuss in the kitchen!

spaghetti with sausage and feta in white bowl

Spaghetti with Sausage

I’m always on the hunt for fast family dinners that everyone at my table (mostly!) enjoys and this Spaghetti with Sausage with green beans is a regular favorite. It’s easy for the kids to see the ingredients so there’s no need to be scared of what’s on their dinner plate, and the flavors are pleasing to both kids and adults.

Easy Spaghetti Recipe

I love this recipe even more since it’s so easy to customize. If feta is too strong of a flavor for your kids, use crumbled goat cheese instead—or let them decide to skip the cheese all together. (I have one kiddo who goes for the feta and one who skips it and it’s all okay!) If you love spicy foods, top your plate with crushed red pepper. Not in the mood for spaghetti? Use another shape! (Or even couscous or quinoa.) Or, try broccoli or cauliflower instead of the green beans. Swap things in and out as you see fit to please your people.

ingredients in spaghetti and green beans

Ingredients in Spaghetti with Sausage

For this easy family meal you’ll need:

  • Spaghetti (use whichever kind you like!)
  • Bulk mild Italian sausage
  • Green beans
  • Feta cheese, optional

TIP: You can also add more flavor with a squeeze of fresh lemon if you like.

What kind of Italian sausage is best?

It’s really up to you, but I really like the mild flavor of the 365 brand Mild Italian Chicken Sausage from Whole Foods shown in the photo above. But you can use turkey or pork sausage if you prefer. (You can use spicy Italian sausage if your family prefers that too!) You can also use link sausage and just slice or dice it.

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How to Make Spaghetti with Sausage Step-by-Step

Here’s a look at the straight forward process involved in making this easy pasta dinner. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full info.

  1. Add the oil to a medium skillet over medium heat to warm.
  2. Add the sausage and green beans, stirring to break up. Cover and cook until cooked through.
  3. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve ½ cup of the cooking water.
  4. Stir the pasta into the sausage and green beans to coat, adding another drizzle of olive oil and as much cooking liquid as is needed to coat the pasta well.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve topped with crumbled feta and fresh lemon, if using.

TIP: The pasta water adds some moisture and makes a bit of a thin sauce without making the noodles too saucy, which some kids may prefer!

What’s the best way to serve this kids?

I recommend snipping the spaghetti with kitchen shears so it’s easier to chew—or let them cut up their own noodles with kid-size scissors. And then let the kids weigh in on whether or not they want the feta and lemon. Giving them a little power can go a long way towards happier meal times.

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Tips for Making the Best Spaghetti and Sausage

  • Use mild Italian sausage, bulk or links according to what you like and can find.
  • You can use any kind of pasta you prefer.
  • Cut up spaghetti noodles for the kids with kitchen shears.
  • I like this with fresh green beans, but frozen will work too.
  • Top with feta, goat cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, crushed red pepper, black pepper, and/or lemon as desired.

I’d love to know how your family enjoyed this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share. The more I hear from all of you, the better I can make my recipes!

spaghetti with sausage and feta in white bowl

Easy Spaghetti with Sausage and Green Beans

Finish the adult servings (and more adventurous kid plates!) with a squeeze of fresh lemon and maybe crushed red pepper. Note that you'll want to reserve some of the cooking water, so plan to take some out in a cup before you drain the pasta!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Course Dinner
Calories 455kcal
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 pound green beans (trimmed and snapped into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 4 ounces feta cheese (optional)
  • lemon wedges (optional)

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve ½ cup of the cooking water.
  • Meanwhile, add the oil to a medium skillet over medium heat to warm. Add the sausage and green beans, stirring to break up. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through and the green beans are bright green and tender.
  • Stir the pasta into the sausage and green beans to coat, adding another drizzle of olive oil and as much cooking liquid as is needed to coat the pasta well.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve topped with crumbled feta and a squeeze of lemon if desired.

Notes

  • Use mild Italian sausage, bulk or links according to what you like and can find.
  • You can use any kind of pasta you prefer.
  • Cut up spaghetti noodles for the kids with kitchen shears.
  • I like this with fresh green beans, but frozen will work too.
  • Top with feta, goat cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, crushed red pepper, black pepper, and/or lemon as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 455kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 421mg, Potassium: 390mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 391IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2mg
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