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One Pot Italian Sausage and Pasta

The other day was one of those days that I had not really planned for the unexpected and now I had to get a meal ready in a short time. So what did this cook do when she scrambles around the house looking what is left in the fridge the day before grocery shopping day....she improvises. This meal was so good that I thought I better write down what I did before I forget.
What did I have at home
  • 5-Mild Italian Sausage (my preference is Turkey)
  • 1-Red Pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1-Orange Pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4- red onion, cut in thin slivers
  • 2-zucchini, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon oregano (fresh, or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 2 cups uncooked Pasta
  • 1/4 cup Sun dried Tomato Salad Dressing, enough to moisten the dish to you satisfaction or depending on how much pasta you have and how moist you want it.
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Cut the Sausage into chunks, cook until it is browned to your liking. No need to add oil, there is way to much in the sausage as is. I start it in a bit of water to help the process along. Drain the fat really well. (Turkey Sausage has less fat).
  2. Mean while cook the pasta, any shape, any kind.
  3. Once the sausage has browned add all the veggies and cook until tender crisp.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the pot.
  5. Stir in enough dressing to make it moist and sprinkle with desired amount of cheese.
  6. Put the lid on the pot, take the pot off the heat, and let the cheese melt for a few minutes while you make the salad.
So simple, so easy, and soooooo good, the empty pot speaks for its self...


  1. This sounds so delicious. I just love the ease of preparation and cooking that most of your recipes represent. You always offer something for everyone.

  2. I'm heading to the store after my work out to see if I can find a Sun dried Tomato dressing...sounds wonderful. YUM

  3. I just bought some Italian sausage for the first time looking to use it as a summer dish with pasta. This looks great.

  4. This looks yummy, definitely going to try it. Question- I have Sundried tomato and Oregano dressing on hand- should I lessen the 1 tbsp organo?

  5. I'm going to make this tonight, and add some fresh herbs from the garden. I'll have to improvise on the dressing.

  6. Caroline
    Add the amount of dressing that you like, and taste it. If you would like some oregano then add it according to your taste....this was improvised so go for it and tweak as you like it.

  7. Ahhh yes, the old saying "necessity is the mother of invention" comes to mind. Another tasty recipe is born!!

  8. I tried it tonight! I loved it and it was so easy! Thanks!

  9. I have made this dish twice now and my whole family of 5 LOVES it! Quick, easy and healthy!


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