With all the work we’ve been doing outside I wanted an easy-to-make but hearty dinner. Pasta always comes to mind when I think of a good, filling meal so it was a good night to make Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet.
Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet is like a reward at the end of the day!
Whether we spent our day running errands, working on the gardens, or just playing with the grand kids a delicious meal is important. And when we’ve been working really hard a filling meal is, too. I love Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet because it’s both!
Another important factor, especially when I’ve been doing a lot of physical work is that dinner be easy to make. I don’t mind a little work but I don’t want to have to spend a couple of hours on a meal when I’d rather eat and relax!
Making Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet is simple!
First I put a pot of salted water on to boil. While I’m waiting for the water to boil I cut up a large green pepper in narrow strips, then cut the strips on half. I could leave them long but they just seem easier to eat when they are shorter.
I do the same with a large yellow onion. First the strips then the cuts to halve them.
We like hot Italian sausage for this dish but you can use mild if you prefer. I cut 4 links into disks about 1/2 inch thick.
I mince a couple of cloves of garlic and set it aside.
When the water boils I pour in 8 ounces of small shell pasta and give it a stir. Any small pasta works but I usually use the small shells. I’ll let it cook until just al dente. Once the pasta is cooked I’ll drain it and set it aside.
I pour a tablespoon of olive oil in a large, deep skillet that has a lid over medium high heat. When the oil is shimmering I add the peppers and onions and season them with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
Then I add the sausage to the skillet and let it cook until the sausage is no longer pink.
When the sausage is cooked through I add the minced garlic.
I let the garlic cook for a couple of minutes then add a 14.5 ounce can of whole tomatoes which I crush by hand. You can use the canned crushed tomatoes if you don’t want to crush them.
Next I pour in two 14.5 ounce cans of tomato sauce and stir everything. I gently stir in the cooked pasta. Then I add 1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning and another 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
I reduce the heat and let the mixture cook for a few minutes to allow the flavors to start to blend. Then I top it all with 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, cover the skillet, and let it cook until the cheese melts.
Once the cheese is melted I give it a good stir then spoon it into deep bowls. We like to top our bowls with a little more cheese because…cheese!
Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet is a meal that rewards us for finishing our busy day!
Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet
Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet is like a reward at the end of a busy day! Full of great flavor it's a hearty dish your family will love!
- 8 ounces small shell pasta uncooked
- 1 large green pepper, slice in narrow strips then strips cut in half
- 1 large yellow onions, sliced in narrow strips then strips cut in half
- 4 links hot Italian sausage, cut into disks about 1/2 inch wide (you can also use mild sausage)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (or crush whole peeled tomatoes by hand)
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 11/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese + more to sprinkle on top of each portion
- Boil a large pot of salted water. Add pasta and cook until al dente.
- Drain pasta and set aside.
- In a large, deep skillet with a lid over medium high heat pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- When oil is shimmering add peppers and onions and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
- Add Italian sausage and cook until no longer pink.
- Stir in minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce and stir.
- Season with remaining salt and pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, stirring to combine.
- Sprinkle with 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, cover, and cook until cheese melts.
- Stir melted cheese into pasta.
- Spoon into deep bowls and top with more cheese if desired.