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summer/autumn essentials: sausage & pasta skillet

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

This is my idea of a lazy Summer or Autumn day meal. It’s essentially a one-skillet dish. Add some freshly baked bread, and you have yourself a great repast. I used a combination of ground Italian and chorizo sausage, to give it a bit of a different flavor bend… Works for me. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen

yield 4 - 5
prep time 20 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For summer/autumn essentials: sausage & pasta skillet

  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1/4 c
    italian sausage, freshly ground
  • 1/4 c
    chorizo, freshly ground
  • 1/2 c
    mozzarella cheese, freshly ground
  • 1/2 c
    parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 4 - 5 oz
    your favorite pasta, i’m using farfalle
  • 2 c
    pasta sauce
  • 1/4 tsp
    oregano, dried variety
  • 1/4 tsp
    basil, dried variety
  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • white pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How To Make summer/autumn essentials: sausage & pasta skillet

  • 1
  • 2
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 3
    Cook the spaghetti in a pot of boiling water, until al dente.
  • 4
    Remove the pasta, and reserve with about 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
  • 5
    Add the oil to a skillet over medium heat.
  • 6
    Chef’s Note: This skillet needs to be big enough to hold all the recipe ingredients, and be ovenproof. My skillet of choice is cast iron, but any good ovenproof skillet will do nicely.
  • 7
    Add the Italian sausage, and chorizo to the pan, and cook until no longer pink, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  • 8
    Use a wooden spoon to break up the sausage into crumbly bits.
  • 9
    Add the dry spices to the pasta sauce, and season with a bit of salt and pepper, if needed.
  • 10
    Chef’s Note: I prefer my pasta sauce a bit on the chunky side.
  • 11
    Reduce the heat to low, add the sauce to the skillet, and combine with the cooked sausage.
  • 12
    Add the pasta, the reserved pasta water, and toss with the sauce.
  • 13
    Evenly sprinkle the two cheeses over the top.
  • 14
    Place under a broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  • 15
  • 16
    Serve while still nice and hot with some crusty rolls. Enjoy.
  • 17
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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