20 Minute Chicken Sausage Pasta Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pasta (penne, rigatoni, rotini, or your favorite shape)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound pre-cooked chicken sausage, sliced (about 4 links)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)

Instructions

1. Get the pasta started: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining.

2. Cook sausage and vegetables: While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced chicken sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes more. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.

3. Build the sauce: Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, oregano, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

4. Combine and finish: Add the drained pasta to the skillet along with 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water. Toss to combine the pasta and sauce. If the sauce seems too thick, add a bit more pasta water.

5. Flavor boost: Stir in the Parmesan cheese and optional basil. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper if needed.

6. Serve: Divide the pasta among bowls and top with additional Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Tips and Variations

Veggie Lovers: Add other vegetables like chopped bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, or zucchini to the skillet along with the onion.

Spicy Kick: For a little heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes with the oregano.

Creamy Touch: Stir in a splash of heavy cream or a dollop of ricotta cheese at the end for extra richness.

Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free pasta for a gluten-free version.

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