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Quick Italian Dinner


This is one of those go-to recipes that I make a lot.  It takes a minimum of effort, is ready in a hurry and tastes wonderful.  I cannot tell you how often I make this on a weeknight after a long day at work.  DH is always happy to have Italian food on his plate, as often as possible.  I sometime buy Italian sausage in bulk when it goes on sale and divide it into one pound bags for the freezer, but I also get it when it goes on sale in the one pound packages.  Sometimes I’ll use it in my Italian Meat Loaf recipe, but more often, it is used in this one.  Seriously easy, you cook the meat, add the pasta, throw on some sauce, plate it up with a sprinkle of cheese and you have dinner in about 20 minutes.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

So, as I always do, I gathered some ingredients.  Know that you can mess with this a bit, use more garlic or onion, more or less basil or other spices, it lends itself well to tweaking.  Also, change the pasta to your favorite shape.  I like bow ties, but whatever you have in the cabinet will work.  The best news is that most of the ingredients are just on the shelf so you can always have what you need on hand.  You can defrost the sausage in the microwave which would add about 10 minutes to the total time, but that still means dinner in half an hour!  Plus, you can throw in anything more that you want, sometimes I add the last of the bag of fresh spinach for a one dish meal.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Sometimes I’ll pick some fresh basil from the garden, if it is summer.  The more fresh ingredients the better it is.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Easy to use, just put the leaves together and roll them up.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Cut across into julienne strips.  I throw the tough stems away.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

I’ll chop garlic and onion for the dish, and I like using some fresh tomatoes as well as it adds a fresh tomato taste.  Sometimes I use cherry tomatoes, and sometimes I’ll just chop a fresh large beefsteak or heirloom tomato.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Start with sauteing onion and garlic, add the Italian sausage and cook until the pink is gone. At the same time, boil water for pasta with a bit of salt and olive oil, and cook according to the package directions for time.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

I love mushrooms, so I add those when the meat is cooked.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

I drain and rinse the sausage mixture to get rid of excess grease.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Returning the meat to the pan, add in the fresh basil. A little fresh Parmesan is a good thing.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Add the tomato sauce and additional spices or herbs as you like. Fresh cracked pepper is good here.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Add in the fresh tomatoes at the end, just to heat through but not cook to mush.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Drain the pasta and add it to the meat sauce. Mix well.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Plate it with some colorful veggies, and top with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Or serve in your favorite pasta bowls with a salad on the side.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Yum! Dinner in under half an hour.

Quick Italian Dinner

1 cup uncooked pasta
water, dash of salt and olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage
1 teaspoon dried basil, or six fresh basil leaves julienned
1 cup quartered mushrooms
1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese or Mozzarella cheese, or both

In a large pot, boil water for pasta with a dash of salt and olive oil. Add pasta and cook until al dente according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, saute onion and garlic in olive oil. Add Italian sausage and cook until no pink remains, chopping up the meat as it cooks. Add mushrooms, cook for one to two mintues. Drain mixture in a colander and return to pan. Add tomato sauce. Add fresh tomatoes and heat through. Add salt and pepper to taste. When pasta is done, drain pasta and add to the meat mixture. Stir until well mixed, serve with a sprinkle of your choice of cheese. Serves two nicely.  Enjoy!!

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

What is your favorite quick meal?  Do you think you will try this one?



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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home


15 thoughts on “Quick Italian Dinner

  1. Looks yummy…plus quick and easy always works for me! I think I will give it a try.

    Crystal in Cedar City

  2. I make one similar using ground beef. I’ll give sausage a try as my hubby loves it…..

  3. My mother -in-law was Italian so we eat a lot if Italian meals ..could explain why I can never lose weight 🙂

  4. So quick and easy using things most of us have on hand anyway! I can’t wait to give it a try.

  5. Yes, I do and we love all Italian dishes. Good thing, because I’m part Italian–my DH loves my dishes. Your pasta bowls are beautiful, Carole. I keep jars of homemade pasta sauce in my freezer. For us it’s a staple we never run out of, sort of like coffee and toilet tissue. LOL

  6. You set a very nice table. Yes the food looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  7. This looks amazing!!! I love Italian food, it’s most definitely my favorite. I will certainly give this a try!!

  8. Sounds like a yummy recipe. I definitely want to make this. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Sounds delicious! I’ll have to get some italian sausage somewhere. Blessings, Gretchen

  10. Yum! This looks delish! I’m sure my hubby would love this too!

  11. There’s nothing better than a bowl of pasta!

  12. Looks tasty. Pasta dishes are hard to beat. I like recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. I have a cook book called ‘Real Fast Food’ by Nigel Slater and it is my go to cook book when I want to look as if I’ve made an effort in cooking dinner.

  13. That looks delicious. I’m a Philistine, though. My favorite quick meal is toasted hot dogs (yes, we have a hot dog toaster!) then melt cheese on top in the microwave and have salad from a bag with it. LOL

  14. Wonderful meal! I’m sure we eat more Italian Sausage than we should but this would be hard to resist.

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