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Pasta with Sausage for 2

January 12, 2010

Last night’s dinner was a typical quick and easy dinner in the Dedon house. Isernio’s Italian Chicken Sausage is easy to find, and doesn’t have any scary ingredients. You can choose regular or HOT.

I’ve recently discovered Mezzetta’s Napa Valley Bistro pasta sauces. I feel like I’m always ready to make a quick meal when I have a jar in the cupboard. (Leftover sauce in the refrigerator is a treasure for making quick “pizza” English muffins for lunch.) So far, I like the Marinara variety the best.

I hesitate to call this a “recipe”, but here’s how I prepared last night’s dinner.

Pasta with Sausage for 2

(printable recipe)


6 – 7 oz. Isernio’s Italian sausage (2 links)
2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 cup Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro sauce
5 oz. pasta (I used Barilla Plus spaghetti last night)
Parmesan cheese to grate on top.


Heat a large pot of water for the pasta.

Put the sausages in a medium skillet and add water just to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Remove the cover and prick the sausages all over with a fork. Continue to cook, without the lid, until the sausages are done and lightly browned, about 10 more minutes.

Remove the sausages from the pan. I used a wadded up paper towel to wipe out some of the fat.

Add the olive oil and onions to the pan and cook over medium-low heat until the onions are soft.

When the pasta water is boiling, add a heaping tablespoon of salt and the pasta. Cook according to package directions. (10 minutes for Barilla Plus spaghetti.)

While the pasta is cooking, add the sauce to the onions and stir to combine. Slice the sausages into thin slices and add to the sauce.

When the pasta is done, drain it and combine it with the sauce. Mix well. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese and serve.

Voilá! Pasta with Sausage for 2!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2012 4:21 pm

    Kath, your recipe sounds delicious! We’ll definitely test this in our kitchen. We hope you don’t mind if we share your recipe with our Pinterest fans? – Frank Isernio

    • July 31, 2012 4:36 pm

      I am honored to have you visit my blog, Mr. Isernio! 🙂 I love your sausage and I make this simple recipe often. I would be delighted to have you share it with your Pinterest fans!

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