When you’re pressed for time, but still want to eat healthy from scratch, this one pot Italian pasta and smoked sausage easy recipe is a perfect solution. Everything is cooked in one pot, the vegetables, the sausage – even the pasta!
Busy weeknights account for most of our cooking time, and I’m guessing I’m not alone in this, right? The leisurely cooking-show ideal rarely happens in our house (though wouldn’t it be nice to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go by someone else?). But I’m a firm believer that healthy, scratch cooking can be easy, quick, and delicious (check out our recipe index to see what I mean). And precooked smoked sausage is a great starting point for quick meals like this yummy one pot Italian pasta dinner.
You know those pasta recipes that are mostly pasta? Yeah, that’s not happening here. I’ve filled this recipe with more vegetables, sauce, and smoked sausage than pasta – which is just the way I like it! It ups the flavor big time, as well as the nutrition.
You’re basically adding an entire salad to the pot, making it truly a one dish dinner. Though of course add a salad to the meal if you’d like – more vegetables is always a good thing.
This simple recipe starts with Hillshire Farm smoke sausage (which are on sale 2 for $5 until 4/19 while supplies last at Kroger stores) and pasta that are cooked with tomatoes, tomato sauce, onions, other vegetables of your choice like mushrooms, red peppers, and olives, as well as garlic, and seasonings. In the last minutes of cooking, you’ll add a bit of cream (you’ll be amazed how just a small amount makes the sauce almost decadent!) and lots of fresh spinach.
I picked up most of these ingredients at my local Kroger store, minus my home-canned tomato sauce and pantry ingredients like oil and seasonings, for just under $10 which easily fed four with leftovers for lunches (our Kroger affiliated store is Fred Meyer here in Oregon- look for the sausages in the meat section). You won’t need two sausage packages for this recipe, but you’ll want to buy two like I did to keep one in the freezer for other busy nights when you want to serve easy meals!
You can simply slice the smoked sausage, but I like to cut the links in half and then slice so there’s more to go around.
After a quick sauté of the onions, garlic, peppers and sausages, you then add most of the other ingredients – including the uncooked pasta – and stir it all together before letting it cook. That’s another nice thing with this recipe – you don’t have to be standing at the stove the whole time, so you can make a salad if you want, or set the table- or just relax!
When the pasta is tender, stir in the remaining cream and spinach- adding the spinach in the last minutes helps keep it green and fresh looking. Top it with a bit of parmesan and you have a smoked sausage simple recipe that you can feel great about serving to your family.
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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Hillshire Farm but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #nohasslesavorymeal http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV . You can find even more easy smoked sausage recipes for dinner here.