Dinner Tonight: Sausage and Shells

I almost named this Spicy Sausage and Shells but then decided to take the word spicy out.  You can make it spicy…and you can make it mild…the most important part is that you just make it.  Tonight.
My kiddos love pasta and they love sliced sausage (they call it hot dog pasta), so this is the perfect supper for our family.  We used turkey sausage links chopped into pieces but you can absolutely use pork!  We also used a mild sausage and then I added in the optional red pepper flakes but you could skip the red pepper flakes and just use a spicy sausage.  Basically, you just mix and match this dinner however you like :).  
Such a yummy supper!
Shopping List
1 pound shell pasta
1 pound of sausage links, chopped into pieces
1 onion, chopped
3 or 4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes (or use Rotel for extra spice!)
1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 or 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flake, optional
3 tablespoons half and half, cream or milk (whatever you have on hand)
Parmesan Cheese, grated to garnish
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Over medium-high heat, bring a large pot of water to boil.  Once your water is boiling, drop your pasta and cook until al dente.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute your chopped sausage in a drizzle of EVOO with your onion and garlic.  Once your onion is tender (about 5 minutes), add in your diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and crushed pepper flakes, reduce heat to low and simmer another 5 to 10 minutes.
Once your pasta is cooked, drain the water off and add hot pasta to your tomato sauce mixture.  Stir in your cream.  Remove from heat and ladle into bowls with Parmesan cheese as your garnish.
That’s it!  You are done!
Happy supper to you!
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  • Mandi Moore April 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Shay, I JUST made this (similar) dish last night!! You are in my head, seriously!! Although, I hadn't tried it topped with parmesan, it sounds like the perfect topping!! Love that it's quick and easy and it looks delicious!

    Have a happy week!
    Best Little Moore House in Texas

  • kristinwithani April 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I just went through a box of my grandmother's recipes. She had two back to back cards: frankfurter sauce and frankfurter spaghetti. It made me laugh. She carefully wrote out a recipe that is SO similar to this one! Frankfurters. Who says that anymore?!?!?!

  • V @ X-tremely V April 2, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Looks like a dish my family would love! Thanks Shay!

  • Jen_678 April 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    What are the odds that I would have all of these ingredients in my pantry and fridge? Apparently, the odds are in my favor…can't wait to make this!

  • Sarah E @ theteacherswife.com April 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    So I'm so thankful I popped over to your foodie blog b/c I was clueless about what to do for dinner tonight {I've been totally slacking on making my weekly menu} and this will be perfect. Have some sausage in the freezer and all the other ingredients are staples – LOVE that! Can't wait to try it! 🙂

  • Claire December 13, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Made this for dinner last night and it was great! Everything about it was right up my alley: easy and tasted great! Wish I could post the picture if it here!