Italian Sausage Pasta

Italian food is definitely one of my go-to’s for a simple and savory meal. I love making my pasta dishes with big chunky pasta more than using spaghetti noodles, something about the pasta flavor, and I love carbs 😂

I cooked up the meat and sauce in our Dutch oven on our stovetop, but you can use a deep skillet as well. I make the sauce in this dish using canned tomatoes, but feel free to use fresh chopped tomatoes if you like. If you’re on a low carb diet, instead of pasta, you can put the meat & sauce mix on top of a bed of zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash noodles, or cauliflower rice! This dish seems like it has a lot of steps below, but once you get going on adding and stirring everything, I had this ready to eat in 20 mins. I cooked my pasta while I was cooking the meat at the same time too.

Sauté chopped onion in olive oil on medium heat and season with salt & pepper.
This ground Italian sausage is perfect for this dish.
Add sausage to the pot, breaking it down into crumbles, and brown it up! Season the meat with chili powder, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes (optional).
Browning it up and it’s smelling so good!
Remove meat & onion from pot once browned and set aside on a plate or in a bowl.
Add minced garlic into pot and stir.
Add water and diced bouillon cube and stir.
Sprinkle flour in and whisk, keep stirring to reduce liquid for about 2 mins.
Add in canned tomatoes, I like this mixture because of the extra seasonings it has.
Let’s get to stirring!
Stir it all in, this sauce is looking TAY-STEE!
Add in heavy cream and stir some more!
Add back in ground sausage with onions and stir to mix it all in. Keep cooking it until it reduces a bit more, until it reaches your preference of sauce thickness.
Love this beautiful rigatoni!
I love the chunks of sausage mixed with the tomatoes in this recipe, I’ll definitely make this again! Only thing missing is to top this with some shredded mozzarella cheese and serve it with a side salad.

Published by Melissa

A stay at home mom who loves to cook!

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