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Pasta with Italian Sausage and Tomatoes

Pasta with a sauce of mild Italian sausage and tomatoes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Pasta with Italian Sausage and Tomatoes - a quick and easy weeknight dinner of Penne pasta with Italian sausage and tomatoes. https://www.lanascooking.com/pasta-with-italian-sausage-tomatoes/

Pasta with Italian Sausage and Tomatoes – a quick and easy weeknight dinner of Penne pasta with Italian sausage and tomatoes.

It’s summer time in the South. And, let me tell you, a southern summer is hot. Hot and humid. The kind of hot that you almost can’t get away from and the kind of humidity that clings to your skin and wilts your hair as soon as you set foot outside the air conditioned comfort of your home.

Pasta with Italian Sausage and Tomatoes - a quick and easy weeknight dinner of Penne pasta with Italian sausage and tomatoes. https://www.lanascooking.com/pasta-with-italian-sausage-tomatoes/

What I’m trying to say is that it’s been a brutal few days with temperatures in the 90’s and humidity to match. This kind of weather makes me not want to use the oven too very much, so I look for things that can be prepared quickly on the stovetop. And this recipe surely fits that description.

I came up with this a few months ago when I didn’t have any ground beef on hand to make my usual spaghetti sauce. So, instead of beef, I substituted a mild Italian sausage and the results were pretty darned good! I made it again recently and the reviews from young and old alike were positive. I’m sure your family might like it, too.

How to Make Pasta with Italian Sausage and Tomatoes

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. You can use any shape of pasta you have on hand. This would work with tubes, ribbons, or string pastas. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce.

Prepping onions and garlic on a cutting board.

Dice the onion, mince the garlic and set them aside.

Cooking the Italian sausage in a large skillet.

Remove the sausage from its casings. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add the sausage, stirring to break it up as it cooks.

Drain the sausage if necessary, then add the onions and garlic. Stir well, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the onion has softened and the sausage is completely cooked through.

Add tomatoes and seasonings to the skillet with the sausage.

Add the tomatoes with their juice, oregano, red pepper flakes and salt to taste. Cover and cook an additional 10-15 minutes or until the tomatoes are nicely softened and beginning to break down.

Adding Parmesan cheese to the skillet.

Add the parmesan cheese and stir well to combine. The old green box parmesan works fine here, no need to use your expensive Parm in the sauce! Save that for the plate.

Adding cooked, drained penne pasta to the sauce in the skillet.

Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the sauce. Stir everything together until the pasta is well combined. Serve with additional red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Pasta with Italian Sausage & Tomatoes

Pasta with a sauce of mild Italian sausage and tomatoes.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 595kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pasta any type of your choice
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 29 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • While the pasta cooks, dice the onion, mince the garlic and set aside.
  • Remove sausage from casings.
  • Heat olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage. Stir, breaking up sausage as it cooks.
  • Drain the sausage if necessary.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the pan with the sausage. Stir well, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the onion has softened and sausage is completely cooked through.
  • Add the tomatoes with their juice, oregano, red pepper flakes and salt to taste. Cover and cook an additional 10-15 minutes or until the tomatoes are nicely softened and beginning to break down.
  • Add the parmesan cheese and stir well to combine.
  • Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the sauce. Stir until pasta is well coated. Serve with additional red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1808mg | Potassium: 950mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 786IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 387mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. Hey! This looks wonderful. I’m planning on making it this week, in fact. I do have one question: is that two small or large cans tomatoes?

    Thanks!

  2. This was awesome! My fiancé hates tomato&my 6yr old is a horrible eater he won’t eat anything, I had him try&he devoured it! Thank you :)

  3. I found this recipe and made it for dinner this evening and just had to come back and say how delicious it is! I love simple recipes that pack a lot of flavor, and this one is amazing. I will definitely be making this one again and again.

  4. This reminds me of growing up! Looks amazing. My mom used to cook sausage and meat in her sauce…ooooh! Was so tender! ;)

  5. The Hubby just got back from a trip to Tennessee and said the humidity is brutal. It gets hot here (105 predicted today) but I thank God it’s a dry heat! Your pasta looks perfect for the dog days of Summer!

  6. Looks delish!

    My parents often make their tomato sauce with sweet Italian sausage instead of ground meat. There is so much flavor in it. If he can’t find the bulk sausage, he will just remove the sausage from the casing and cook it up that way.

    Lana, you would make a good Italian. Want to trade places with me for awhile? I could be the Southern girl I always wanted to be and you could take my place in New York and be the Italian woman you seem to have a bit of in you! :)

    1. I know! What’s up with that? Born and grew up in a tiny rural south Georgia town where the only thing Italian we knew was spaghetti. Now, given the choice, I’ll pass right by a traditional southern homestyle restaurant and make a bee-line for the Italian one instead!

  7. This looks so delicious. In fact I was going to make some veggie pasta tonight if I had time and your gorgeous photo has made me crave it even more!