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Sausage and Pasta in skillet

One-Skillet meals are the best.

Not only is it delicious to get a little bit of every taste from the dish in each bite, but it’s great to have just one skillet to wash after dinner too.

This recipe is made with turkey Italian sausage, bow tie pasta, bell peppers, onion, tomatoes, spices, and 3 types of cheese.

If turkey Italian sausage isn’t available, pork Italian sausage would work just fine too.

If using pork Italian sausages, just cook it separately first and set the cooked meat on to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess grease.

Then transfer the meat into the skillet with the other ingredients.

Bow tie pasta (farfalle) tastes really good in this dish but feel free to change up the pasta if you like.

Other types of pasta that would also taste wonderful are penne, cavatappi, rigatoni, ziti, or fusilli.

Just before serving, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan cheese are added to the top of the ingredients in the skillet, and covered with a lid just long enough for the mozzarella to melt.

The cheese adds a really nice texture and taste to the dish and is the perfect complement to the pasta and meat.

Serve this delicious dish with a salad and garlic bread.

Leftovers warm up nicely too.

 

Here are more recipes made with Italian sausage you may like “Easy Traditional Pizza with Boboli Bread and Homemade Sauce“, “Cheesy Meatball Sandwich with Marinara Sauce” and “Italian Sausage and Radiatore Pasta with Homemade Sauce“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

One-Skillet Pasta dinner ingredients

For the Pasta – bow tie pasta (farfalle), water and salt

For the Bow Tie Pasta and Italian Sausage Meal – green bell pepper, onion,  canned cut tomatoes, fresh Italian parsley, dried oregano, dried red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, grated Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and ricotta cheese

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Pasta:

Pasta boiling in water

In a medium size pot, add hot water and salt.

Heat the pot on medium heat and bring to a boil.

To the pot, add pasta and stir.  Cook the pasta until just before its al-dente (according to package instructions).

Drain the pasta (don’t rinse the pasta) and set aside.

TIP – Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed.

The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Pasta and Turkey Sausage One-Skillet Meal:

Cut Onions and bell peppers

Cut the onion and bell pepper in slices (½ inch thick).

Cook sausage in skillet

Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the sausage.

With a heat resistant spatula or wooden cooking spoon, break apart the sausage into bite-size pieces. Stir.

Onions and Bell Peppers in skillet

As the sausage cooks, add the sliced onions, bell peppers…

Add olive oil in pan

…and olive oil.

I find that the turkey sausage tends to cook a bit on the dry side so I add some olive oil to it when its cooking.

Sausage and vegetables in pan

To the pan, add red pepper flakes…

Sausage and vegetables in pan

…pepper,

Sausage and vegetables in pan

…dried oregano and stir.

Sausage tomatoes vegetables in pan

To the pan, add cut tomatoes, water…

Cook sausage and tomatoes in pan

…and stir.

Sausage and Tomatoes in pan

The add chopped parsley,

Bow tie pasta one skillet meal

…cooked bow tie pasta and gently stir together.

Cheese and pasta one skillet meal

Top with thick slices of mozzarella cheese leaving space in between each slice.

Cheese and pasta one skillet meal

Add teaspoons full of ricotta cheese in between each slice of mozzarella.

Cheese and pasta one skillet meal

Top with drizzles of olive oil and garnish with ground pepper and chopped parsley.

Pasta and Cheese one skillet meal

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

Lid on skillet

Cover the skillet with a lid, turn the heat down to low and let simmer until the mozzarella cheese melts (about 5 minutes).

Bow tie pasta one skillet meal

Serve right away while warm and…

Bow tie pasta one skillet meal in pan

…enjoy.

Pasta one skillet meal in bowl

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More One-Skillet Recipes You May Like:

Sautéed Mushrooms, Bell Pepper, Onion and Pepperoni Appetizer and Side Dish

Linguine with Tomato Cream Sauce

Mexican Fideo Pasta with Vegetables

Pasta in Browned Butter Cream Sauce with Bacon

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Bow Tie Pasta in Pan

Bow Tie Pasta and Italian Turkey Sausage Skillet Meal

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Ingredients

For the Bow Tie Pasta:

  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie (Farfalle) pasta
  • water for boiling the pasta
  • 3 dashes salt for the boiling water

For the Pasta and Turkey Sausage One-Skillet Meal:

  • 2 Italian turkey sausages meat squeezed out of the casings
  • 1/2 bell pepper cut into slices about 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 onion cut into slices about 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 dashes salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) cut tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Cooked (al dente) Bow Tie Pasta
  • 6 thick slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

For Garnish:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ground black pepper

Instructions

For the Bow Tie Pasta:

  • In a medium size pot, add hot water and salt. Heat the pot on medium heat and bring to a boil.
  • To the pot, add pasta and stir.  Cook the pasta until just before its al-dente (according to package instructions). Drain the pasta (don’t rinse the pasta) and set aside.
  • Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Pasta and Turkey Sausage One-Skillet Meal:

  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the sausage.  With a heat resistant spatula, break apart the sausage into bite-size pieces. Stir.
  • As the sausage cooks, add the sliced onions and bell peppers. 
  • Drizzle half of the olive oil over the sausage mixture and stir.  The turkey sausage tends to cook on the dry side so olive oil is added to it while it's cooking. 
  • To the pan add red pepper flakes, pepper, oregano, and salt. Stir together.
  • To the pan, add cut tomatoes, water, parsley and stir. Add the pasta and gently stir together. 
  • Top with slices of mozzarella cheese leaving space in between each slice.  Add teaspoons full of ricotta cheese in between each slice of mozzarella. 
  • Top with the remaining olive oil and parsley. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top. 
  • Cover the skillet with a lid, turn the heat down to low and let simmer until the mozzarella cheese melts (about 5 minutes). 
  • Garnish with ground black pepper and chopped parsley.
  • Serve right away while warm.

Video

Notes

TIP:

Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.