Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

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

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.

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

I do the same with a large yellow onion. First the strips then the cuts to halve them.

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

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.

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

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.

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

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.

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

Then I add the sausage to the skillet and let it cook until the sausage is no longer pink.

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

When the sausage is cooked through I add the minced garlic.

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

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.

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

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.

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

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.

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

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

 

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of salted water. Add pasta and cook until al dente.
  2. Drain pasta and set aside.
  3. In a large, deep skillet with a lid over medium high heat pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  4. When oil is shimmering add peppers and onions and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  5. Add Italian sausage and cook until no longer pink.
  6. Stir in minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce and stir.
  8. Season with remaining salt and pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, stirring to combine.
  9. Sprinkle with 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, cover, and cook until cheese melts.
  10. Stir melted cheese into pasta.
  11. Spoon into deep bowls and top with more cheese if desired.
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