Pasta Primavera with Sausage

Pasta primavera with sausage

Pasta Primavera with Sausage

It doesn’t get much better than this Pasta Primavera with Sausage recipe. Healthy and delicious!

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Pasta primavera with sausage

Pasta Primavera is such an awesome dish..throw some sausage in there and it’s game over! The best part about this primavera recipe is that it’s so simple to make. It’s a pasta recipe you can come back to over and over again.

Pasta boiling in a pot

Ok, first things first. Let’s put up a pot of boiling water and start cooking the pasta. Cook to al dente and when it’s done, set it aside. We’ll come back to it later.

Sausage link cooking in a pan

I tend to use chicken sausage when I make a dish with sausage, but this Premio Sweet Basil Italian sausage really hit the spot. If you’re looking for more sausage recipes, you have to try this Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage.

Let’s add a tiny bit of oil in a large pot and start browning the meat. Cook through and remove from the pot and set aside for at least 5 minutes.

Vegetables frying in a pot

Add some more olive oil to the pot and add your vegetables. Broccoli, bell peppers, and zucchini. Not only a tasty medley of veggies…a colorful one too.

Peeled tomatoes with vegetables in a pot
Primavera sauce

When the vegetables are soft, we’ll add the tomatoes. Cento’s San Marzano Whole Peeled Tomatoes are the best out there and my go-to brand. They break apart so easily and taste great. Add some basil too while you’re at it 🙂

I like my sauce more on the “liquidy” side, so I added some chicken broth and some white wine too! Bring the sauce to a boil, then simmer and cook for about 15 minutes. Oh and while the sauce cooks, cut up the sausage link into 1″ pieces.

Sausage with primavera sauce
Primavera sauce with sausage

Add the sausage, mix, and cook until heated through.

Do you have to use sausage for Pasta Primavera?

Nope. In fact, a typical Pasta Primavera is made up of just pasta and fresh vegetables. The only time I’ll add little meat to it is if I have that’s been sitting in my freezer for a while and I need to use it soon or if I’m just craving sausage :). Either way, it’s a special treat that makes me very happy!

Pasta primavera with sausage

Let’s finish this meal and add the cooked penne rigate.

Pasta primavera with sausage

What is Primavera sauce made of?

I’m sure there are variations to Primavera sauce but the short answer is…vegetables! In mine, I used whole peeled tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers, garlic, white wine, and chicken broth. Oh yeah…and I added some sausage cause why not, right?!?


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Pasta primavera with sausage

Pasta Primavera with Sausage

Pasta Primavera with Sausage. Pasta Primavera is such an awesome dish..throw some sausage in there and it's game over! The best part about this primavera recipe is that it's so simple to make. It's a pasta recipe you can come back to over and over again.
1 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Dutch oven
  • Pasta pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb penne rigate or another pasta of your choice
  • 1 lb sausage rope or links are both ok
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped or minced
  • 2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup zucchini chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper chopped
  • 28 oz San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes break apart in a bowl with your hands
  • 1 cup white wine dry, crisp
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Put up a bot of salted water in a pasta pot and start boiling. Cook the pasta to al dente, drain and set aside.
    Pasta boiling in a pot
  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium and add the sausage to the pan. Cook for about 4-5 minutes and then flip to the other side and cook for another 4-5 minutes until the sausage is cooked through. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
    Sausage link cooking in a pan
  • Add another 2 tbsp of olive oil to the same pan and add your garlic. Cook until fragrant – about 30 seconds. Add all the vegetables and cook for about 3-4 minutes until they begin to get soft.
    Vegetables frying in a pot
  • Add the tomatoes, wine, chicken broth, and basil and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once boiling, simmer for about 10 minutes until you reach your desired consistency (we'll be adding the pasta to the sauce, which will soak up some of the liquid so try and keep the sauce a little more on the liquidy side for now).
    Peeled tomatoes with vegetables in a pot
  • Add the sausage and heat through for another 3-4 minutes.
    Sausage with primavera sauce
  • Add the pasta to the sauce and mix thoroughly and cook for about 2 minutes until the pasta is heated up.
    Pasta primavera with sausage

Notes

Serve hot in a bowl with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese (if desired).  Enjoy!
Keyword Pasta, primavera, sausage

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