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Cooking From Scratch - Pasta with Italian Sausage

Updated on June 13, 2010

In a recent CSA package we received some delicious looking Italian Sausages and I knew I wanted to do something special with them. I came up with a wonderful one dish dinner that the kids have been begging me to make again. I know as the growing season progresses and fresh vegetables become more readily available this dish will be even more delicious. Here is how I made dinner last week.


1 lb Italian sausages, sliced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 small onion, diced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 cans of tomato sauce or 2 cans of tomato paste with 4 cans of water (this is how I made it because I was out of tomato sauce)

1/2 teaspoon of dried basil, if you have fresh it would be better

1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper

1 lb of pasta, I used Rotini, but any shape would work

Parmesan cheese, optional


While this recipe ends up being a one dish meal, it does require three dishes to make, sorry! When I cook I like to start by dicing everything that will need dicing. So when I got started I sliced up the meat and also diced the pepper and onion. In a large skillet brown the Italian sausage. In a pot combine the tomato sauce, basil, pepper, onion, and garlic and let cook while the sausage is browning. I find that adding the pepper and onion to the tomato sauce gives them a nice tomato flavor, rather than browning them with the meat. I guess you could do it either way though. In another pot cook your pasta according to the directions on the box and then drain.

Once the pasta and Italian sausage are ready combine them both in the skillet. Pour the tomato sauce over everything and mix well. This hearty dish served my family of six with leftovers for lunch the next day. You could pair this with a nice garlic bread, but we found it to be a complete meal just the way I made it. You could also top it with cheese, but we need to eat dairy free due to a food allergy. Adding fresh mushrooms or a sweet red pepper would also be good and I plan to do that when my garden is producing. Adding freshly diced tomatoes would also be good and make this more of a summery meal. However you decide to make this dish (I love that it is versatile), just make it. It is that good. Enjoy!


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      hattersmen 7 years ago

      It looks great ! thanks for sharing this :)

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      That looks delicious!

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      There's almost nothing better than sausage cooked with tomato, green pepper, and onion. This is a fabulous one-dish meal, and I bet your kitchen smelled heavenly in the process.

      I think I'll add a small garden salad and finish it all up with fresh strawberries (now in season) and a dollop of sour cream. (That way, I'll have more leftovers!)

      Thanks for a great easy meal idea.

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      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      Sounds delicious! I'm not a huge fan of sausage, but when it comes to good Italian sausage I'm a fan.

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      Greatlife 7 years ago

      Italian cuisine is my favorite as well. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I love Italian food. Thank you for your great recipe.

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      braindrain123 7 years ago

      pasta is love!

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      I just put a recipe Italian on my hub. Sounds like we moms have lots in common. I love to save money and put easy low cost recipes on my blog. Great job hubbing

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      mysterylady 89 7 years ago from Florida

      Sounds yummy1