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Bow Tie Pasta and Italian Turkey Sausage Skillet Meal

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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.

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:

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

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.

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

…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.

To the pan, add red pepper flakes…

…pepper,

…dried oregano and stir.

To the pan, add cut tomatoes, water…

…and stir.

The add chopped parsley,

…cooked bow tie pasta and gently stir together.

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

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

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

Sprinkle 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).

Serve right away while warm and…

…enjoy.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

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

This will have you coming back for more.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bow Tie Pasta, One-Skillet Pasta, Pasta and Sausage
Servings: 4

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:

  1. 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.
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26 Comments

  1. Is there anything I can use in place of ricotta cheese or just exclude it? Will that negatively affect the taste of the dish?

    • Hi Andrea, small semi-thick slices of mozzarella, or fresh parmesan cheese would be a good substitute. If you wanted to stay away from cheese, the recipe would still be delicious if you omitted it. The sausage adds a nice flavor to the overall dish so it should taste wonderful.

  2. OMG! This turned out so yummmmmmm. I didn’t add basil or the cheese as I didn’t have any. I made sun-dried tomatoes early morning so used that instead of fresh tomatoes and it turned out super yummmmmmmmmm 🙂
    I also added green red and yellow peppers and its looks so cute and colorful and since I didn’t get turkey I used two variations of chicken sausages.
    Truth be told I had half the mind to not add the bow tie as its tasted divine!!
    I usually make bow tie with the red pasta sauce with is more or less semi wet but not like gravy but this variation was unique with the peppers.
    Thx for sharing the recipe 🙂
    Keep them coming ;o)

    • Hi Lydia, I’m so glad you liked this and thank you for letting me know the ingredients that you substituted. Love the idea of using sun-dried tomatoes and homemade ones at that. And adding the bell peppers sounds not only delicious but so pretty too. Thank you again for your comment and have a great rest of the weekend and upcoming week!

  3. I tried this recipe with my family and it turned out delicious and fantastic! It was fun to make, a great experience with my mother. The cheese really adds more to the pasta, especially with three different kinds. The tomatoes, instead of using just water, we left the tomato juice into the entire meal so the juice could add more flavor. But other than that, it is a phenomenal dish! Wonderful job!

    • Hi Kristin, thank you very much for letting me know how this recipe turned out for you. So glad that you liked it. Your version with the tomato juice sounds delicious.

  4. hey! i really want to make this tonight but want to increase the amount of meat(im feeding some guys.lol)…if i do that, do i need to increase the amount of anything else? and any suggestions for maybe using a mix of different meats? or should i stick to just sausage?

    • Hi Amanda, if you’re doubling the meat I would double the other ingredients. But if you’re just putting in some extra meat you can throw in a bit more pasta and veggies if you like but if not it should still taste delicious. This recipe tastes delicious with other meat like ground beef too. If you don’t use sausage I would increase the spices added to “heaping” teaspoons, tablespoons, and a couple extra dashes (since sausage generally has spice in it but the ground beef, pork, or ground turkey doesn’t). One person commented that she doubled the spices and it tasted great so a bit more spice should work just fine. Have a great dinner and weekend too!

  5. Hi Tina, thank you for stopping by!

  6. This looks fantastic! I’m going to make it – but I’ll probably substitute for sweet italian pork sausage, because I have no discipline 🙂

    • Thank you, so glad you like it. I think sweet Italian pork sausage sounds delicious with this recipe. Great idea.

  7. I might have to try this tonight…not a fan of peppers but I think zucchini will work!

    • Zucchini sounds delicious with this recipe. I will even have to try it out with zucchini too!

    • I tried it and it was fantastic!

    • That’s great! I just went to your site and your picture of this looks so delicious! The zucchini looks delicious with the pasta. Love your blog…the dog pics are so cute too! Thank you for mentioning CouponClippingCook on your site too!

  8. Made this again, today with some modifications this time. It was just as delicious as the first time I made them! When I make my blog post on it, I will link this recipe so that others can have it too!

    • That’s so great to hear! I’m so glad you liked it…it’s a great recipe for making modifications to also. Thank you for letting me know and thank you in advance for linking to the recipe!

  9. I made this tonight. It is a keeper! Everyone had second helpings. I used a sweet fire roasted red pepper instead of green. That was the only change I made.

    • Hi Anne, I’m so glad you liked it. The sweet fire roasting pepper sounds great with this dish. I’m going to try that instead of the green bell pepper next time.

  10. Wow!! Such a delicacy, I can imagine the sweet aroma while you were preparing it. The pasta looks really good 🙂

    • Thank you! You’re right, it’s one of those dishes that makes the house smell really good when it’s cooking.

  11. Oh my, I am truly missing my Turkey sausage since I’ve gone abroad, there’s no Turkey to be found here = ( This dish tugging on my strings… Everything looks delish.

  12. This is a great one dish meal and most of these ingredients I have on hand. Nothing like a comforting bowl of italian pasta!

  13. That looks so delicious! Definitely giving it a try for this week dinner =) All the pictures looked very good!