Easy Sausage Pasta Dinner - West Side Beef

Easy Sausage Pasta Dinner

This is a great way to turn sausages and pasta into a perfect and delicious one-bowl meal.

Most of the ingredients here are pantry staples. Here’s a tip for you: if you don’t have fresh herbs on-hand but happen to have everything else, go ahead and use some dried oregano and dried parsley instead. A few teaspoons of each added to the sauce while it’s cooking will provide a lovely Mediterranean flavour to this sauce for your sausage pasta dinner.

Ingredients

  • 4 sausages
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 796-mL can fire-roasted diced tomatoes or diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups fusilli, rigatoni or ziti pasta
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, or cilantro
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped mint
  • Grated Parmesan cheese to taste

Directions

  1. Squeeze sausage meat from casings into a bowl and set aside. You may need to trim the end of the sausage to get the meat out. Discard casings.
  2. Heat oil in a large wide saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and salt. Using a fork, break up meat while stirring frequently to keep meat crumbly. Cook until meat is no longer pink, from 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Core and seed pepper. Slice into strips. Add peppers and tomatoes into pan. Increase heat to high. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions, about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and drain pasta. Return pasta to pot and then stir in the sausage mixture. Stir in chopped herbs. Remove from heat.
  5. Spoon pasta into bowls for serving and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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