This one-pan bow ties and sausage dinner isn’t just pretty, it’s delicious too!
Dinner In A Dish
That’s right–this is another one-pot wonder that tastes fantastic!
I adapted this from a slow cooker recipe I found at The Spruce. I converted this to stovetop cooking because it seemed pretty ridiculous to have to cook most of the ingredients only to finish them off in the crock pot.
It was easier and more straight forward to just cook it all with a surface method. I did use some suggestions that were given for substitutions which I felt would yield better flavor.
Sausage Or Ground Beef
That’s pretty much the choice with this dish, however, I strongly advise the use of Italian sweet sausage. It will add a great deal of flavor.
But if you are serving the kiddos, you might want to consider using ground beef so the end product is a bit milder. It will still taste very good, but if you’re feeding adults or older children then sausage is the way to go.
The original recipe cautions not to use chicken sausage as that would be horribly overcooked–if you use the slow cooker method given in the link to the original recipe. I heartily agree, but if you’re going the stovetop route, then by all means use chicken sausage.
If you have any leftover pasta, this is a great way to use it.
Bowties are what’s stated in the original recipe and I had some on hand. Therefore, that’s what I used, but you can use any smallish shaped pasta. Mini ziti, wagon wheels and plain old elbows will do.
If you don’t have anything left over, then you’ll have to cook the pasta before adding it to the recipe. Are you lucky enough to have some “no-boil” pasta? Then you can add it right to the pan dry, but do add the necessary additional water that it calls for on the box directions.
- 1-1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage, cut into ¼-inch slices (see NOTES)
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
- 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- 1 (16 oz) package bow tie pasta (farfalle), cooked to package directions
- 10 oz fresh baby spinach
- 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Heat olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place the sausage in the pan and brown well on both sides. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently until both are translucent.
- Now add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, oregano, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper; stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add the cooked pasta and baby spinach; stir. Cook until the spinach wilts then add the mozzarella stirring until cheese just melts. Top with grated parmesan cheese.
You may also substitute chicken sausage (stovetop method only)
*Adapted from The Spruce Yum