This skillet dinner is the ultimate comfort food, combining gooey cheese with sausage and pasta. Make this easy recipe in only 25 minutes!
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This super quick sausage and pasta dinner is inspired by my mom and her love of simple dinners and special occasions. Although, it also fills my need to have fewer dishes to wash.
The entire meal is prepared in one pan and there is enough inactive cook time that you can clean up the kitchen while it bakes. Then, 25 minutes later, the kitchen will sparkle when you put dinner on the table.
Ingredients for this skillet dinner
Just like classic ziti, this recipe calls for plenty of comfort food ingredients.
- Pasta– Ziti, penne, rigatoni, or any similar pasta size and shape will do.
- Tomato sauce– I use the variety of tomato sauce with extra garlic flavor.
- Hot Italian sausage links– There are two reasons that I use links. First, they tend to be less expensive than bulk ground sausage, and I think they have better flavor. The hot sausage has a fantastic kick! If you prefer it without the kick, use mild or sweet sausage
- Canned fire roasted tomatoes- I recommend using fire-roasted tomatoes in place of plain crushed or diced tomatoes. They give Italian dishes a depth of flavor that makes them taste like they were cooked all day long.
Recipe notes for sausage and pasta skillet dinner
Batch Cooking Pasta
A quick tip for easy meal prep is to cook a large batch of pasta at one time. You can either use a large stock pot, or make it in a crock pot.
Cook the pasta, then shock it in cold water to stop the cooking process. Then, drain the water and refrigerate the cooked pasta for up to 5 days, or freeze it in freezer storage bags for up to 3 months.
When you reheat pasta after freezing it, just add 2 to 3 minutes onto the cook time.
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
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25-Minute Skillet Dinner w/ Sausage and Pasta
- 1 pound hot Italian sausage, removed from casings
- 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
- 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
- 16 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
- 4 ounces fresh grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound dried pasta, ziti or penne are best
- 3 cups water
- 8 ounces shredded Italian cheese blend
- basil, for garnish
- In a large (12-inch) skillet over high heat, brown sausage, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, sauce, paste, Italian seasoning, dried pasta, and water. Stir to combine, cover and bring to a boil. Boil until pasta is al dente (has a little bite to it).
- Meanwhile; combine ricotta, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir until well incorporated.
- Stir ricotta mixture into pasta. Preheat oven to broil. Top skillet with shredded cheese and place in oven. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Keep a close eye on it or you will have crispy cheese pretty quick.
- Garnish with basil. Serve and enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
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