I dig quick, easy recipes. No surprise there.
It’s also no surprise that I came home from work and had no idea what to make for dinner because I forgot to take some sort of meat out of the freezer. I do that a lot. Sometimes I just can’t think that far ahead. Besides, I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl. That’s how I roll.
So there I was, standing in the kitchen with a dull look on my face, staring into an open refrigerator wondering what to feed the fam.
I didn’t feel like Googling anything. Besides, there was no time for that. Time to whip something up and hope for the best.
I grabbed some sweet and hot sausages from the freezer. I always seem to have a bunch of packages of those hanging around for just such an occasion. A sweet red pepper and an onion always goes great with sausages, and I had those on hand too.
I had bought some Barilla Rotini Pronto pasta awhile ago, so I thought I’d give it a shot. “One pan. No boil. No drain”. Yes please.
This dish came together in 20 minutes. For realz people. TWENTY minutes! A little chopping. A bit of boiling and some stirring and in no time I had a creamy, cheesy, flavorful pasta dish on the table. We enjoyed it thoroughly and I’ll be stocking up on Barilla Pronto for my frequent absentminded occasions.
Did you forget you have to feed your family dinner tonight?
Rather sit on the couch and catch up Married at First Sight instead of slaving in the kitchen? Maybe that’s just me.
Are you just hungry and tired and can’t bear to listen to “When’s dinner going to be ready Mom?” for one more second?
Then this is a meal for you. Quick, easy and delicious.
One Pot Sausage, Pepper & Onion Pasta
8 sausage links (I used 4 sweet & 4 hot, but use whatever you want), sliced into 1″ pieces
1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 yellow or sweet onion, coarsely chopped
3/4 c. white wine
1 Tbls. olive oil
1/2 c. grated Parmesan
1 box Barilla Pronto Rotini pasta
3 c. water
1/2 c. light cream (or 1/2 & 1/2 or heavy cream)
1/4 c. finely chopped fresh basil
2 Tbls. butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- In a deep, 12-inch skillet slightly brown sausage and add peppers and onions and saute for 2-3 minutes over medium high heat.
- Add white wine and cook down for a minute or two.
- Add the entire box of pasta, olive oil and 3 cups water (ingredients won’t be completely covered with water, don’t worry). Turn heat to high and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often to make sure the pasta is mixed in well.
- Add cream, Parmesan cheese, butter and basil and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes until sauce thickens. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with a side salad and enjoy!