Skillet Smoked Sausage Pasta Dinner

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If you love skillet meals that go together easily, cook up quickly, and satisfy a hungry family, try this Skillet Smoked Sausage Pasta Dinner.

Recently I came across my friend Barbara's recipe for Stove-Top Broccoli and Sausage Pasta. It looked and sounded so good, I knew I'd have to try it. Try it I did, though with a few small changes, and we love it.

If you love skillet meals that go together easily, cook up quickly, and satisfy a hungry family, then I urge you to give this recipe a try. I think you'll find that both Barbara's version and my own are "keepers." Whichever one you choose to keep probably depends on whether you have broccoli or bell pepper on hand. Like both? That's smart! Prefer yet another vegetable? Substitute as you please! That's the beauty of skillet dinners; the variations are limited only by your family's taste buds and the contents of your refrigerator.

I call my version Skillet Smoked Sausage Pasta Dinner. Here's the recipe:

Skillet Smoked Sausage Pasta Dinner


Ingredients:

8 ounces rotini pasta

1 12 to 16 ounce package smoked Polish or similar sausage

1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, undrained
OR used unseasoned tomatoes and add
1 T minced fresh basil or 1 t. dried basil and
1 T minced fresh parsley or 1 t. dried parsley flakes

1 can corn, drained or about 1 cup frozen cut corn

1 bell pepper, green or whatever color you prefer, cut into 1 to 2-inch chunks

Crumbled Feta or grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions: 

Slice the sausage into quarter-inch rounds then place in a large, cold skillet. Over medium heat, cook and stir long enough to brown the sausage and let the juices flow, scraping the bottom of the skillet as the sausage cooks.

As the sausage is browning, cook the pasta to al dente as directed on the package (about 7 minutes). Drain and set aside. (Or cook and drain pasta ahead of time.)

Add tomatoes, seasonings (if using), corn, and the bell pepper to the sausage mixture. Stir together well. Cover, reduce heat and simmer over medium-low heat for about 5 to 8 minutes until pepper is almost as done as you like it (we like it still a little crispy).

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and stir together well. Cook and stir just until everything is heated through.

Serve topped with a bit of the feta or Parmesan cheese, if using.

Serve with salad or homemade applesauce on the side.


Do you like skillet meals? What changes would you make to the recipe to suit your family? I'd love to read your comments and suggestions.

Skillet Smoked Sausage Pasta Dinner recipe from RecipesForRealPeople.com

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for mentioning my recipe. Your version also looks good. Between both recipes are many options for those who want to improvise for their own versions. They are both quick and easy to prepare and just right for these cooler autumn days.

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    1. I agree with you 100 percent, Barbara. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  2. We make this all the time Susan. It is a quick meal that fills you up. We've never added corn or feta cheese, just peppers and onions. Will have to give this a try for sure. Thanks!!

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    1. It's a pretty simple meal, as you know Sam, so easy to make and so easy to fill up the family. This time of year we eat a lot of similar dishes. It's nice to vary the ingredients a bit each time. I'm sure you'd like it with the feta cheese.

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  3. Great combo, will be trying and yes ... Perfect w applesauce as a side!

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    1. I love applesauce, Savvy. Yesterday afternoon I sliced three big Gala apples, piled them into my small slow cooker, shook on a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon, then plugged it in. By the time our skillet supper was ready, I just stirred the apples, smashing them as I went. It was the perfect side dish! Thanks so much for commenting!

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  4. I love smoked sausage recipes and skillet meals are great. I think I'd substitute macaroni for the rotini pasta, as I prefer macaroni dishes. It's a 'texture' thing with me. :)

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    1. Another great suggestion! Macaroni would be wonderful in this. Even cooked noodles would work. Whatever rocks your boat. :) Thanks, Elf!

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  5. Oh yummy! What more can I say I love sausages and love pasta.....so what's not to like?

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  6. That sounds wonderful, thanks to All that invented the recipe :)

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  7. Sounds like a great recipe, comfort food. I can almost smell it cooking...

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    1. It does smell wonderful! Makes me very comfortable, too... :) Thanks, Brenda!

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  8. Looks and sounds like an absolutely delicious dinner recipe! We will definitely have to try it soon for dinner.

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