Smoked Sausage & Vegetable One-Skillet Meal
I love to make one-skillet meals.
Maybe it’s because there are less pots and pans to clean after dinner or maybe it’s because I like to mix food together when eating a meal.
When you have mashed potatoes and corn with your meal, have you ever tried mixing the mashed potatoes with the corn? Or the peas? It can be pretty tasty!
I have no idea how I ever got the idea to mix things together on my dinner plate unless it’s because I played with my food too much as a kid…..or maybe it was those frozen dinners I ate as a kid where the different food items in a meal would spill all over each other.
So here’s a recipe that’s great when you have some extra fresh veggies in the fridge that need to be used.
Feel free to substitute the veggies I used for other fresh veggies.
The combination of smoked sausage with the pasta and veggies is really delish.
And as an option, capers can be added which gives the dish a surprise flavor and looks pretty too.
Let’s check out the main ingredients:
Smoked sausage, veggies, pasta, olive oil…
…and milk (or cream), parmesan cheese, fresh lemon, and capers (optional).
add the pasta to boiling water and cook until it’s al dente (about 7 minutes). Drain and set aside.
Slice the green and red bell peppers.
Cut the zucchini.
Then cut the yellow squash.
Cut the broccoli florets.
Next, cut the smoked sausage into pieces about 1 ½ inches thick.
Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil.
Add the bell peppers….
…and the sausage to the skillet.
Then add the oregano,
and the zucchini and yellow squash.
Next, add a couple dashes of salt and stir all of the ingredients together.
Add the pasta.
Mix the ingredients and add the milk (or cream).
Then add the parmesan cheese…..
…..the parsley flakes…..
….and the capers (optional).
Cook for another 5 minutes and continue to stir all of the ingredients together.
Serve and squeeze the juice from a lemon quarter over each serving and,
Smoked Sausage and Veggie One Skillet Meal
Yield: Serves 2
1 cup dry Fusilli Pasta
7 ounces Smoked Sausage (about ½ of a 13 ounce package)
½ of a Zucchini
½ of a Yellow Squash
½ cup Broccoli Florets
½ of a Green Bell Pepper
½ of a Red Bell Pepper
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
½ teaspoon ground Black Pepper
1 teaspoon dried Oregano
1 tablespoon dried Parsley Flakes
¾ cup Milk (or Cream)
1 tablespoon Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 heaping teaspoons Capers (optional)
2 dashes Salt
Cook the pasta until it's al dente (about 7 minutes), drain and set aside. Slice the green and red bell peppers, and cut the zucchini and yellow squash into bite size pieces. Cut the broccoli florets, and the smoked sausage into pieces about 1 ½ inches thick.
Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the bell peppers, broccoli, sausage, oregano, zucchini, yellow squash, and a couple dashes of salt. Stir in the pasta.
Add the milk (or cream), the parmesan cheese, pepper, parsley and capers (optional). Stir all of the ingredients together and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Squeeze the juice from a lemon quarter over each serving.