Today’s recipe is one of my favorite type of dishes. An Italian sausage pasta dish! It’s so gloriously cheesy and creamy! Deliciously easy to make and can be on your dinner table in about thirty five minutestops. Plus, you only have to clean up one pan and a lid!
One of my relatives recently commented to her Nana (my aunt) that she liked eating at her house because she cooked from scratch. I forget what her exact words were, but that was the gist. She said that at her house, everything came out of a box.
Hey, I get it. Parents are crazy busy with work and shuffling kids around to different activities. And if you don’t know how to cook or are just starting to learn, a boxed meal can be handy. I must confess that I was proud of myself for being able to make a box of Helper when we were newlyweds. Ha!
Honestly though, this One-Pot Italian Sausage Pasta really is just about as easy to make as some of those boxed meals. Even if you use pre-shredded cheese, you still come out better nutrition-wise. When you cook from scratch, you get to control the ingredients. That means you can avoid those nasty ingredients that are in processed foods.
Better yet, get the kids involved! Let them shred the cheese while you work on the rest. It’s a great way for them to start learning some cooking skills. Plus, they can feel a sense of accomplishment for helping get dinner on the table.
If you’re looking for another tasty one pot meal, my One Pot Mexican Macaroni Skillet is a super tasty option!
- 1 tbsp . olive oil
- 1 pound bulk Italian chicken sausage (if using links, remove from casing prior to adding to pan)
- 1 medium yellow onion , diced
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 cups of water
- 1 (15-ounce) can of tomato sauce
- 2 cups of macaroni noodles (I recommend Jovial Foods brown rice pasta for a gluten-free dish)
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup frozen green peas , defrosted
- sea salt to taste
- For garnish:
- chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Heat oil in a 10.5-inch skillet that has a lid over medium-high heat. Add sausage, breaking it up with a spoon as it browns, about 5-6 minutes. Add the onion and continue to cook until vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes, oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and stir until the meat mixture is fully coated.
Stir in water, tomato sauce and pasta. Reduce heat, cover and let cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Cook time may vary depending on brand and type of pasta, so check for doneness often starting at the 15 minute mark.
Turn off the heat. Add the peas and one cup of the cheese and gently stir to combine. Season to taste with sea salt, top with remaining cheese and parsley, then serve.