Mediterranean Pasta & Sausage Skillet

Tammy T


If you want something different for dinner, something fresh that makes you feel like you have traveled to a far away place in the Mediterranean than try this! So good! I served this with fresh broccoli topped with cheese and some good crusty bread with dipping oil and of course a glass of wine. Felt and smelled as if I were in Italy...

The pictures are mine :)

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20 Min


20 Min


Pan Fry


links sweet italian sausage (casings removed and sliced)
8 oz
box penne rigate (don't use too much)
14 1/2 oz
can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
6 oz
jar marinated artichoke hearts
4 oz
can black olives, drained, pitted and whole or as many as you like
1/2 c
4 clove
garlic, minced
bunch, fresh asparagus
1-2 tsp
oregano, dried
2 tsp
sweet basil, dried or fresh
1/2 c
parmesan cheese, shredded or as much as you like

Directions Step-By-Step

Helpful notes** Have the sausage links semi frozen, makes them easier to slice. I took the casing off.

I rinsed the pasta to keep the pasta from absorbing all the sauce as I like the sauce to sop with and also to keep it al dente'.
Cook the pasta per the directions on package. Drain and set aside. If you can time it right, cook it just before adding to the rest.
Take the casings off the sausage links and slice the the links. Cut off the tough ends of the asparagus and slice into 1 inch pieces.
In a large skillet, saute sausage and asparagus, until almost fully cooked, no need to put any oil in. (about 10 mins). Remove from skillet and set aside. In the same skillet, bring butter, garlic, tomatoes with juice, black olives and artichokes, including artichoke marinade to a boil. Lower heat and add back the sausage and asparagus. Add basil and oregano and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
Place pasta in a serving bowl and pour the skillet mixture over pasta. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.

**I served this with fresh broccoli & cheese and a crusty bread with olive oil for dipping.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Vegetables, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian