Creamy Sausage & Tomato Pasta

It’s funny.  Lately I’ve either been making very labor intensive meals (like French Onion Soup) and spending hours in the kitchen, or I’ve been starting to make dinner when I kids start asking for food and whip up a quick 30 minutes or less meal.  Nothing in-between.

Today’s recipes falls under the oh-my-gosh-it’s-5-o’clock-and-I-haven’t-started-dinner kind of days.  It’s fast – the whole meal is done in the time it takes to boil the pasta. It’s easy – boil pasta and open a couple cans.  And it’s kid friendly – yay pasta!  It’s a perfect weeknight or “I’ve been reading Harry Potter all day instead of cooking” type of day!

Recipe Notes:
*I used spicy sausage in this recipe, but if your children (or other family members) are sensitive to spice, use a mild sausage instead.

Creamy Turkey Sausage & Tomato Pasta

1.25 lb Hot Italian Turkey Sausage, casings removed
1 small onion, diced, about 1 cup
4 cloves garlic, minced, about ½ tbsp
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
¼ tsp dried marjoram
¼ tsp dried rosemary
1 cup half and half
13.25 oz whole wheat rotini pasta, cooked al dente

Cook the pasta to al dente in salted water, according to package instructions.

Remove the sausage from the casings.  Brown the sausage, breaking it into small crumbles as it cooks, in a large skillet over medium heat.

Once the sausage is mostly cooked through, add the onions and cook until the onions are tender and the sausage is cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and sauté for another minute or so.

Pour in the undrained can of tomatoes, tomato sauce, and spices.  Cook for a couple minutes until the sauce is heated through and thickened slightly.  Stir in the half and half and heat through.

Last, stir in the cooked pasta and serve.  Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired.

Serves 4-6


  1. Beautiful pasta dish, definitely going to have to try this!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. Oh YUM! This is totally my family's favorite kind of meal! I'm totally with you - I either go all out and spend hours in the kitchen or I'm heating up something super quick, nothing inbetween! Must be a food blogger thing?! LOL! Pinning this and can't wait to try, yummy!! Thanks for sharing!

    Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

  3. You created these beautiful headers? They are wonderful. What program did you use to create them? I notice you are on Blogger also. So am I. Linda

  4. Yum!!! This looks awesome, I'm all about the easy and simple so this is perfect! I love turkey sausage! Pinning now, trying later. Thanks Amy!

    krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

  5. looks yummy..always love a good pasta dish!

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  7. Amy this looks so good and great for a weeknight meal

  8. This looks fabulous! What a great a combination of flavors. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Semi Homemade :)

  9. Looks super yummy! Coming from Your Homebased Mom.

  10. Okay totally pinning and going to make this!

  11. I know this is late but I love this dish! I've made it a handful of times. I usually add roasted broccoli and a little gouda or gruyere. It's easy, yummy and makes good leftovers.
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. I know this is late but this recipe is great! I've made it a good handful of times. It's easy, yummy and makes good leftovers.
    I usually add some roasted vegetables like broccoli and carrots and a little gruyere or gouda cheese.
    Thanks for sharing!


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