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Italian Sausage Pasta with Vegetables

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Delicious, easy-to-make dinner: Italian Sausage Pasta with Vegetables. Italian sausage is seared with bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, fresh tomatoes in cajun spices, with a splash of red wine! Topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese!

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This has been one of my most favorite pastas for years. I love roasting vegetables on stove top and then mixing them with some meat, pasta and spices! So easy and delicious! Variations of this kind of Italian style dinner are endless, and, in this dish, I am using Italian sausage for meat and Cajun seasoning for spice. You couldn’t come up with the easier and simpler combination of ingredients than that!

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And here are step-by-step photos of this very simple recipe that really doesn’t need any step-by-step photos! But all the ingredients are so appetizing, I couldn’t restrain myself from taking pictures. 🙂
Remove casings from the sausage and slice the sausage into small pieces. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil, add sausage, and cook, occasionally stirring, until it’s cooked through, drain the fat. Add another tablespoon of olive oil into the skillet with sausage, add chopped onion and garlic, half of the Cajun seasoning – cook, constantly stirring, on high heat until onion softens:

cooking onions, garlic, and Italian sausage in a skillet

Add chopped bell peppers:

adding sliced bell peppers to the skillet with Italian sausage

Then, immediately add tomatoes:

adding tomatoes to green bell peppers and sausage skillet

You can even add more tomatoes:

adding more tomatoes to the pasta skillet

Immediately, add mushrooms:

adding mushrooms to the pasta skillet with vegetables

Add the remaining half of Cajun seasoning to the skillet with sausage and vegetables. Cook for about 2 minutes, constantly stirring, on medium-high heat to sear the vegetables nicely on stove-top:

cooking sausage, sliced green bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms

Add wine to the skillet, bring to boil, reduce to simmer and simmer, covered, occasionally stirring, for about 5-7 minutes. The liquid should reduce somewhat but not completely. Remove from heat. Salt to taste. Add more Cajun seasoning, if necessary:

adding wine to the sausage and pasta skillet

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and immediately add to the skillet with the sauce. Mix everything well, cover, and heat the pasta on low heat for 1-2 minutes. To serve, top with grated Parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper:

sprinkling grated parmesan cheese on top of pasta

Italian Sausage Pasta with Vegetables

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Italian Sausage Pasta with Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Italian sausages (1 pound), casings removed, sliced
  • 1 small onion, very finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 bell pepper, very finely chopped
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped, or 15 cherry tomatoes, each sliced in half
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 10 oz penne pasta (for gluten-free, use gluten-free brown rice penne, such as Tinkyada brand)
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Remove casings from the sausage and slice the sausage into small pieces.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add sausage. Cook, occasionally stirring, until it's cooked through, drain the fat. Add another tablespoon of olive oil into the skillet with sausage, add chopped onion and garlic, half of the Cajun seasoning - cook, constantly stirring, on high heat until onion softens.
  3. Add chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and the remaining half of Cajun seasoning to the skillet with sausage. Cook for about 2 minutes, constantly stirring, on medium-high heat to sear the vegetables nicely on stove-top.
  4. Add wine to the skillet, bring to boil, reduce to simmer and simmer, covered, occasionally stirring, for about 5-7 minutes. The liquid should reduce somewhat but not completely. Remove from heat. Salt to taste. Add more Cajun seasoning, if necessary.
  5. Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions. Drain and immediately add to the skillet with the sauce. Mix everything well, cover, and heat the pasta on low heat for 1-2 minutes.
  6. To serve, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
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