Dec 22, 2015
Italian sausage with pasta, yellow squash, and zucchini
Have you ever wanted something filling, hearty and quick to eat? I do all of the time. When one works a lot a hours, there is very little time to cook lavish meals during the week. I like to cook meals in one or two pots so that there is very little clean up at the end.
I like Italian sausage and you can use it in more things than on top of a pizza. It goes very well with pasta. I used rotini in this dish, but you can use any pasta that you like. Then I added zucchini, yellow squash, and chopped tomatoes. It was delicious.
1 lb of Italian sausage, or ground beef, lamb, turkey, or chicken
1 lb rotini, or your choice of pasta, cooked according to package directions
1 onion, sliced thinly
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 small tomatoes, skinned and chopped fine
2 small zucchini, sliced thinly
2 small yellow squash, sliced thinly
2 TBS vegetable oil
2-3 TBS butter or ghee
1 tsp Italian seasoning or oregano
salt/pepper to taste
1 bouillon cube, optional
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of Italian cheese, I use the Italian cheese mix in a bag from the grocer
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Place a non stick pan on med-high heat. Cook sausage until the meat is brown. Remove from the skillet and place in a bowl, then set aside. Next, add oil, butter, sliced onions, spices, bouillon cube, tomatoes, and saute until golden. Add the garlic and saute for a minute or two. Thirdly, add the sliced Zucchini and yellow squash. Cook until tender. I like to brown my vegetables a bit on both sides. Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking add the sausage to the pot, then add the Parmesan & Italian cheese. In a large pot mix the pasta and vegetables together. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Cooks Note: You can use canned tomatoes in place of fresh tomatoes if you want the dish to have more sauce.