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How to Make a Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive One-Pan Italian Chicken Sausage and Pasta Dinner

This one-pan Italian chicken sausage meal is a good option when you need something fast, easy, and inexpensive for dinner--that also tastes really good! The dinner includes lots of veggies, pasta, and pre-cooked cheap chicken (or turkey) sausages and can be on the table sooner than many take-out meals. If you don't want to chop the vegetables, you can use the prepackaged vegetable mixes--fresh or frozen. The chicken sausages are lean, and, because they are precooked, take only minutes in the pan. You can vary the pasta in the dish. What you have on hand or can find on sale will work fine, as long as you adjust the cooking time (some pastas take longer than others to cook, so taste a piece of pasta and decide if it's done or needs more time). This dish has all the classic Italian flavors with little work, and it's great for a weeknight when you really don't feel much like cooking. A light dusting of Italian cheeses on top, and you've got a cheap, cheerful, quick dinner that's comforting, filling, and good! Enjoy!

How to Make a Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive One-Pan Italian Chicken Sausage and Pasta Dinner
How to Make a Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive One-Pan Italian Chicken Sausage and Pasta Dinner

One-Pan Italian Chicken Sausage and Pasta Dinner -- Serves 4


2-3 teaspoons of canola oil

1 medium chopped onion

1 large stalk of celery, chopped

1-2 carrots, chopped

4 ounces of sliced mushrooms (button or baby bella)

3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning

2 cups of water

1 14-16-ounce can of diced tomatoes (preferably with Italian herbs, etc.)

1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce

8 ounces of dried pasta (I use a long, tubular, rolled pasta but use what you have)

1 12-ounce package of Italian chicken sausage (I use mild, but use what you like)

1/2-1 cup of light sour cream

Salt and pepper if you want

1/2-3/4 cup of shredded Italian cheese blend

Chopped fresh basil, optional but good if you have it


In a large skillet or chef's pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots, mushrooms, and garlic and saute them until they have softened, about eight minutes. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning and stir them into the vegetables for a minute of so. Add the water, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in the pasta and chicken sausage, reduce the heat to a low boil/simmer, and partially cover the pot. Let the mixture cook just until the pasta is almost done and most, but not all, of the water has been absorbed--about 10 minutes, depending on the type of pasta you're using. You want to leave some water, as the pasta will continue to absorb it as the dish sits. Turn off the heat and stir in the sour cream and salt and pepper if you want (taste the sauce first, as the chicken sausage is salty, and you may not need more). Sprinkle on the basil, if you're using it and the shredded Italian cheese. Let the dinner sit a few minutes before serving it. Yum, yum, yum!

Don't forget the cheese (as I did)!!!

How to Make a Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive One-Pan Italian Chicken Sausage and Pasta Dinner
How to Make a Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive One-Pan Italian Chicken Sausage and Pasta Dinner

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