One Pot Creamy Tomato Sausage Pasta

Comforting pasta in a creamy tomato sauce gets a spicy kick from Italian sausage. Make this one pot wonder in just over 30 minutes for a delicious dinner even on busy weeknights. 

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Servings: 4

Prep Time: 00:10

Cook Time: 00:25

Main Ingredients

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1 pound ground mild or hot italian sausage

1/4 cup dry white wine

2 cups marinara sauce (sixteen ounces)

3 cups water

8 ounces short pasta such as penne or mostaccioli

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


1Heat up olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pepper and onion and saute until they soften, about 5 minutes.

2Add in garlic, fennel, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook for 30 seconds then add in crumbled Italian sausage and cook until browned.

3Add wine and scrape around the pan to release the flavorful brown bits at the bottom. Add in marinara sauce, water, and pasta and stir to combine.

4Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat. Let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring once half-way through, then every few minutes towards the end. Add in up to a cup more water if needed.

5Once the pasta is tender, add in the cream, parmesan cheese, and half of the basil and stir well to combine. After a minute or two, remove from heat and allow to cool. Serve garnished with the remaining basil.

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