Thursday, March 6, 2014

One Pot Cheesy Pasta and Sausage

 

A creamy cheesy tomato basil sauce is cooked right into the linguine pasta in this amazing One Pot Pasta recipe, ready in 20 Minutes!  Toss it all in a pot and let it cook.  It's so easy it just about cooks itself.  Now that's my kind of meal.

It is so funny how things change.  5 years ago (when I was pregnant with my daughter) I told my best friend, I will never change. I will keep my kid out all night long and still visit you every night until midnight.  I said I would never like Barney.  I said I would never have a problem losing that 'baby weight' and I said that I will never understand why people try to find shortcuts in the kitchen.  Doesn't everyone love to spend all day in the kitchen preparing a dinner that will be devoured in 20 minutes?

Well, 5 years later...  Keeping Munchkin on schedule is more important than visiting with friends (sorry friends), I kinda dig Barney and Dora.  Go figure.  Although Munchkin does not watch TV anymore (that is a story for another day).  Baby weight still here.  Yes my 'baby' is 4, don't judge.  I have a food blog.  LOL

Lastly, I am now constantly on the hunt for quicker and simpler ways to feed my family in a healthier manner.  30 minute meals are big around here.  Even Christmas dinner, which used to be an all day affair is now prepared in 30 minutes or in a crockpot.  So, never say never.


In my quest for quick and easy dinners 1 pot meals have been spectacular for me.  Only one pot to wash, yahoo!  So last year I saw this one pot pasta recipe all over the web.  "One pot" piqued my curiosity as I have a collection of one pot meals.

This one is amazing!  You literally toss it in a pot, cook it.  Toss a few more things in and serve.  Oh my heavens.  It is the perfect meal.  Tomatoes, basil, ooey gooey cheese and sausage some together to create the perfect sauce for the pasta.

It is so flavorful that Chad and I ate 2 bowls each.  Even Munchkin loved it and I am sure you will too.

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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One Pot Cheesy Pasta and Sausage
SERVES 6-8  |  ACTIVE TIME 20 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 20 Minutes

3 cups halved grape tomatoes, divided
1 large onion, sliced
1 pound smoked Italian sausage links, precooked (sliced into coins)
20-30 basil leaves, divided
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 pound dry linguine
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4 1/2 cups water
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Reserve (set aside) 1 cup halved tomatoes, 10 basil leaves and cheese.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large (12") braising pan or dutch oven over medium high heat.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Once water is boiling, remove cover and cook 7-9 minutes until pasta is al dente (with a bite to it).  Toss pasta with tongs occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking.  Liquid will be mostly absorbed when pasta is cooked.

Add cheese and toss to combine.  Cheese may clump but will melt into the sauce after a few minutes.  Toss in remaining tomatoes and basil before serving.

Enjoy!


Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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64 comments:

  1. Printed, this will be great when my mom visits.

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    1. Yay! Let us know how it goes, enjoy.

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  2. This looks amazing. And easy enough that even a guy like me can make it, haha.

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  3. This looks amazing! And easy enough for a guy like me to make, haha.

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  4. I'm grinning at this whole post, Donna. Never say never, right? ;)

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    1. Funny, you did warn me. I remember specifically. But, I had it all figured out. LOL <3

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  5. Did you buy the pre-cooked Italian sausage links at a regular market? I can't remember ever seeing them. I see the uncooked ones all the time, and the pre-cooked sausage like Hillshire Farms, but am not sure what you used in this recipe. It sounds so good and fast, I'd like to give it a try.

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    1. Look over by the hot dogs and lunch meat. Near the kielbasa. You will find smoked sausage links. They are already cooked. Enjoy! Let us know how it goes.

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    2. I used Eckrich 4 Pepper Sausage...it was delicious!

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    3. We are confused by this also.The only smoked sausage near the kielbasa we found is Polish smoked sausage, rather than italian smoked sausage. Is this what you meant? Otherwise, they don't carry that in our stores.

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    4. There is 'fully cooked' sausage in the area of hot dogs and kielbasa in my stores. Wal-mart carries Guy Fieri's Italian sausage which are fabulous. Here is a link to his page that even has a coupon. LOL http://www.guyfieri.com/walmartsausages/

      Farmer John also carries 'fully cooked' or smoked sausages. Any of these will work. Enjoy!

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    5. Ok thank you :) I will be checking out our local Walmart. Sounds great!

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    6. I'm gonna try it with Linguica

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    7. yummy linguica should be awsome,,,,,comeing from myself haveing portigese in me

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  6. This looks amazing! I am in love with one pot meals right now! Pinning for later.

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  7. I made this tonight and it was A-freakin-mazing!! Delicious! :)

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    1. So happy you loved it and that is my kind of testimonial. A-freaking-mazing! :)

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  8. I saw a ton of one-pot pasta recipes last year too! Which reminds me it's time to share mine as well. I love your fresh flavoured one! Mine was a little heavier, warmer for cooler days. Either way, whoever thought of this is genius. I always welcome easier ways to make delicious dinners.

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    1. Can't wait to see yours Jayne! Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Curious about the sausage...when you say precooked...you don't mean you cook it first, right? You mean that you already bought it from the store in a package that says 'precooked', right? Sorry, I never buy this kind of sausage so it may seem like a stupid question to others.

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    1. Look over by the hot dogs and lunch meat. Near the kielbasa. You will find smoked sausage links. They are already cooked. Enjoy! Let us know how it goes.

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  10. Just had it tonight...was a bit skeptical, initially, but as soon as the aroma hit the house, I was convinced it was going to be delicious!!! Paired with brussel sprouts and prosciutto and served with Vienna bread and roasted garlic oleo dip and a glass of Valpolicella and made it a fancy meal!

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    1. Oh my, that sounds divine Clarice! I am so happy you enjoyed it. I look forward to hearing about your future kitchen adventures. XO

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  11. Thanks, Donna! I've been looking at the one-pot pasta meals you have and can't wait to try them! I love how last night's meal didn't require for me to slave over in the kitchen, like usual and that it was exquisite! *I'm thinking on investing a braising pan/dutch pot for these one-pot meals for the BIG appetite of my family. (Hope the picture shows) Lol. Again, thank you for this new find!

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    1. That sounds awesome Clarice! Keep us up to date on your kitchen adventures.

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  12. wonder if you could use precooked meatballs instead of the sausage

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    1. Absolutely that would be delicious. You may need to use a dutch oven or 12 qt stock pot to be sure nothing falls out, but that sounds divine!

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  13. Would it work with shredded swiss or American cheese instead of Parmesan cheese?

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    1. American cheese would melt easily, I am not sure how it would taste though. This dish is playing on Italian flavors. If you try it though, let me know how it goes.

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    2. I used a mixture of Parmesan and Mozzarella and it worked great.

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  14. Just did this recipe today and it came out really good.
    I did add a small can of tomato paste and some lemon juice
    This is definitely a keeper

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    1. Mmmm, that sounds lovely Paticao! Thanks for letting us know how it went. Keep us posted on your kitchen adventures, we love hearing from our readers.

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  15. I love one pot meals. I am wondering how this would work with a non-wheat pasta? Whattdaya think?

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    1. If the cook time is about the same (8-10 minutes of boiling), it should work perfectly. keep and eye on it. Let us know how it goes! Enjoy.

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  16. Tastes amazing and the family loved it

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  17. Made this last night for the family after working late. Delicious!

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  18. This was delicious!! I couldn't wait to get home and make it for dinner tonight.

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  19. I saw this link on FB yesterday and I tried it today. Success!!!! It was delicious. Here is my before and after pictures. http://imgur.com/WKVMDkv,gGF39iB#0 (I goofed and misread the recipe, but I dug most of the Parmesan cheese about right after I took the before pic!)

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    1. Vic, it looks awesome! I am so happy you loved it.

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  20. I made this tonight & it was great

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  21. Tried it last night...it is AWESOME!!

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  22. Made this for dinner using turkey sausage. Amazing tasting and super easy!

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  23. tried this a couple of days ago, instead of water, I used chicken stock (cause I had some) and I used roasted red pepper and garlic chicken sausages...and I used minced garlic and tore the basil leaves...was AWESOME!!

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  24. I tried it a couple of days ago. My kids and husband loved it. Next time I might try it with grilled chicken.

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  25. My husband likes his pasta overcooked. Can I do that with this? (Sorry to all the Italians!)

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    1. Absolutely! Just make sure you keep stirring it so it doesn't stick to the bottom. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

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  26. Johnsonville makes pre-cooked Italian sausage.

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  27. I tried this the first time, and the onions overpowered the dish. I tried it the second time, but sauted the onions in a bit of EVOO first. Much better. Made it the third time using chicken stalk instead of water and BINGO - very good. Be careful to not cook off all of the liquid. It's a bit dry if you do.

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  28. I would like to try this but, where is everyone getting that much basil? I've seen the little boxes in my produce section but they're over $3 each. It would cost me almost $10 for enough to make the recipe.

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  29. I actually grow my own, but you can buy a whole basil plant at the grocery store for $3-4. Also, you can use one container of basil and it would be fabulous.

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  30. I'm looking forward to making this as well. I'll buy the Johnsonville pre-cooked smoked italian sausage (or something like it), and brown/crisp it ahead of time. Will bring out a bit more flavor before cooking per recipe. Thank you - always looking for one-pot meals!!!!!

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  31. Basil grows very very easily in the spring and summertime. Plant some and you will have more than you will ever need!

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  32. Had this tonight, it was absolutely delicious! Used spicy beef sausage and whole wheat pasta, will definitely make this again!

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  33. all the dishes look mouth watering.I will definitely try them at my restaurant .

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  34. I found your recipe via Pinterest , made it tonight & my family all loved it! I did add more garlic, just because we like it.
    If anyone in Canada is looking for smoked Italian sausages, I found that President's Choice makes them - I found them over by the bacon at my grocery store.
    Thanks for a great recipe that will be even better when the tomatoes & basil in my garden are ready to use!

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  35. How much dried basil leaves should I use if I do not have fresh?

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    1. I would use a tablespoon in this recipe. The fresh basil added in first works to season the dish and the basil tossed in at the end is more of a leafy addition (almost like adding baby spinach). Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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