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Easy Sausage Pasta Skillet

This easy sausage pasta skillet is exactly the easy comfort recipe you need in your life right now.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 630kcal


  • Large skillet
  • Large pot


  • 16 ounces rigatoni
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage links
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon neutral oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 roasted red bell peppers, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup chicken stock or water
  • 15- ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • Pinch of sugar, optional
  • ½ cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • Salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil, for garnish


Cook the pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and the rigatoni. Cook until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water and then drain the pasta.

Cook the sausage:

  • Heat 1 teaspoon of neutral oil in a large, wide skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage links and cook, turning regularly, for 3–5 minutes per side until golden brown all over. They need not be cooked through! Transfer to a cutting board. Once cool enough to handle, slice the sausage links into rounds and set aside.

Prepare the sauce:

  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of neutral oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the diced onion and cook for 5 minutes until just softened. Add the diced roasted bell peppers and minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste.
  • Add the tomato paste to the skillet. Cook, mashing it into the vegetables, for 5 minutes until it sizzles, deepens in color, and sticks to the bottom of the skillet.

Simmer the sauce:

  • Pour in the water or chicken stock and the diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Add the sliced sausage to the pot and a pinch of sugar if you like. Simmer for 20–30 minutes until thickened. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Finish the sausage and pasta:

  • Stir the fresh parsley into the sauce and add the cooked pasta. If needed, loosen the sauce with the pasta cooking water. Toss to coat the pasta with sauce and then season to taste once more.

To serve:

  • Scatter fresh basil leaves on top of the pasta and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Calories: 630kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 938mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 14mg
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