Robust Italian Sausage & Pasta Recipe
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Robust Italian Sausage & Pasta Recipe

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Sit back and let the slow cooker do the hard work with this savory main dish. Since you don't cook the pasta separately, there's one less pot to wash after supper. —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 Italian sausage links (4 ounces each), halved
  • 1 jar (25.6 ounces) Italian sausage spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 large green pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 529 calories, 22g fat (7g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 1573mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 8g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, brown sausage links. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, green pepper, onion, garlic and Italian seasoning.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Stir in pasta. Cover and cook on high for 30-40 minutes or until pasta is tender. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Robust Italian Sausage & Pasta in Country Woman April/May 2009, p37

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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amehart User ID: 1464390 244388
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"Great flavor, easy to prepare, but found it a tad dry. Will add a little more sauce or rinse the jar and can with water and add. Family enjoyed it and will make again."

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 223881
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

"I really enjoyed this recipe. It was great for a work night dinner. quick and easy. I love the combination of onion, peppers, and sausage. I used plain pasta sauce instead. I will be making it again. I added some crushed red pepper to add an extra kick."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 98322
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"Great spicy taste! Since I found this recipe late in the day, I did not use slow-cooker. Simply prepared stove top and boiled pasta separately and then combined at last minute. Made for a spicy change from ordinary crumbled sausage recipe, a chunky robust flavor. Can't wait to try in slow cooker but great flavors even if pulled together at the last minute!"

Connie03 User ID: 7679889 113294
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"This was delicious! Loved the spiciness of it!"

gruckee User ID: 6634413 114000
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"outstanding!! doctor up as/if you like - excellent slow cooker recipe! thanks!!"

kra50 User ID: 5359304 113291
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"It was a little spicy"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 182370
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"YUM! So easy! We threw in extra garlic and used 5 links instead of 4.

~ Theresa"

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 105035
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"This is easy to prepare but the sauce was somewhat runny. I have another Italian Sausage recipe that I prepare in the slow cooker that I like much better."

carollachman User ID: 1660473 122915
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"Instead of using the tomatoes with green chilies, I substituted diced tomatoes. This is a wonderful recipe!"

kpeyatt User ID: 4213136 210709
Reviewed May. 9, 2010

"Better than a stick in the eye"

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