Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Spicy Sausage, Vegetable and White Bean Skillet with Pasta

Spicy Sausage, Vegetable and White Bean Skillet with Pasta recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenWarm tomatoes still bursting with juices, crisp broccoli, tender mushrooms, softened bell peppers and onions were cooked with sausage and then tossed with white beans and pasta to create a very easy and delicious meal with simple ingredients. If pasta isn't your thing, this would also be delicious tossed with roasted potatoes or served over rice. I had a little bit of just about everything left in the refrigerator after our trip out of town and I decided to combine it all into a skillet meal.

Hot sausage is one of my favorite meats to use for quick and easy dinners. It provides so much flavor that most dishes require almost no additional seasoning. Tossed with a bit of fresh basil, this was a fresh and easy meal that we all enjoyed. Unlike most stir fry or skillet meals, this one doesn't require prepping in advance. I started the sausage and the pasta and then just chopped and added to the skillet as it was cooking. The timing worked out perfectly that way and dinner was easily on the table in under half an hour.

Spicy Sausage, Vegetable and White Bean Skillet with Pasta
(printable recipe)

1 lb hot sausage
1 large yellow onion, chopped into 1/2" pieces
1 red bell pepper, chopped into narrow 1" strips
8-10 medium size baby bella mushrooms, washed and quartered
1/2 small broccoli crown, separated into very small florets, about 1 cup total
20 grape tomatoes, halved, about 1 cup total
1 can great northern white beans, drained and rinsed
10 large basil leaves, sliced very thinly
6 oz pasta of your choice, cooked and drained, I used a brown rice fusilli pasta
kosher salt, to taste, if needed
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste, if needed

In a very large skillet, over medium high heat, cook and crumble the sausage. (My sausage did not leave a great deal of grease in the skillet after it was cooked. If there is more than a tablespoon or two, drain the excess before adding the vegetables to start cooking.) Heat a pot of water to boiling and cook the pasta at the same time as the sausage. When the pasta is tender, drain well and set aside.

Add the onion to the cooked sausage, stir and cook for a few minutes. Add the pepper, stir and continue cooking. After a minute or two, add the mushrooms and broccoli, stir and cook a few more minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and add the tomatoes, cook about 2 minutes, just until warm and then add the beans and the basil. Stir and cook just a minute or two more until warmed through. Remove from the heat and add the cooked pasta. Toss to combine and taste to see if the dish needs any salt or pepper. Provided your sausage was spicy enough, you shouldn't need to add a thing. Enjoy!

Spicy Sausage, Vegetable and White Bean Skillet with Pasta recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. That sounds really good! We use alot of different beans in cooking now and this is a good recipe to add to my collection!

  2. I bet the sausage really adds some kick and earthy flavor. Yummy. Have you ever tried turkey sausage? I can't seem to find it in our stores. I found chicken but not turkey. I don't know if there is much difference - just saying :)

  3. I adore sausage.. but wouldn't you know that Chris is not a huge fan of it. How can you not love sausage??? I may have to sneak it in though.. this dish looks too good to pass up!!

  4. Mary - this is so pretty! Love all your ingredients here! Have you tried the new half chicken Italian sausage from Johnsonville? It's quite yummy with much lower fat. I just used it for some Italian meatballs and I couldn't tell the difference!

  5. I love the colors in this dish, I could really go for some right now!

  6. Hi Mary. I'm trying to get more meat into my diet (fertility factor) and I am glad to see another recipe that I can print off and shop for this weekend! This looks delicious. Fresh and flavorful (you never let me down!)

  7. Sausage is a perennial favorite for dinner, isn't it?

  8. Perfect, perfect family meal - I'm grabbing this one!
    Mary x

  9. I love your plates, or placemat or whatever that is!

  10. This is something that my family would enjoy, looks delicious.

  11. You're right, new potatoes would be terrific too. Great job on this versatile dish!

  12. Great idea. I'm with you, love hot sausage for dishes like this. And so timely, my kitchen counter vegetables are starting to take over the kitchen.