Mom's Sausage Pasta

October 2, 2014

Now that I've developed an appetite for real food and not just hummus I have ventured back into the kitchen. 

This week I decided I was dying to have Mom's Pasta she always made when I lived at home. 

This was a favorite easy meal of her's, although she made it with bow tie pasta. I personally like whole wheat, but since Jeremy isn't a fan I compromise with Smart Taste. 

They don't make bow tie, at least it's not sold here, so I just buy the spiral or penne. 

Don't be afraid by the Rotel in the recipe, this isn't that spicy after it's all said and done. The Rotel basically just keeps this from tasting like spaghetti sauce and give it a nice kick that compliments the sausage. 

Mom's Sausage Pasta

1 lb box of Smart Taste Pasta 
1 sliced green bell pepper
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp Italian Seasoning, or more to taste (I don't really measure when I make this)
10 oz can of Original Rotel Tomatoes, drained (but buy hotter if you prefer it)
14 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 lb Polish Smoked Sausage, sliced
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
Salt & Pepper to taste

Set water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions. While water is coming to a boil, brown sliced sausage in a large skillet. Add in onions, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook onions until translucent, then add the drained can of Rotel tomatoes, diced tomatoes (not drained), and Italian seasoning. Add salt & pepper to taste. When pasta is nearly done add Parmesan Cheese to the sausage mixture. Drain pasta and toss into sauce. Top individual servings with mozzarella cheese.

If I were cooking just for me I would go veggie crazy with this and add in zucchini or summer squash. Then again, I like to add a ton of veggies to spaghetti and that's a definite no, no in our house.