Sausage Pasta Stew Recipe
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Sausage Pasta Stew Recipe

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I rely on my slow cooker to prepare this chili-like specialty. It's packed with turkey sausage, pasta and vegetables. My gang gobbles it up without realizing they're eating healthy. —Sarah Bowen of Upland, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium sweet red or green pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 276 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 1111mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. In a nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the water, spaghetti sauce, beans, summer squash, carrots, red pepper and onion.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in the pasta, peas, sugar, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Pasta Stew in Light & Tasty February/March 2002, 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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swinny User ID: 1858482 268164
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2017

"Hearty meal on a cold dreary rainy day."

luvdemgrits User ID: 8486223 260177
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2017 Edited Jan. 25, 2017

"Great recipe! I pre-cook the pasta and stir it in about 5 minutes before serving.."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 259785
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2017

"Wowzers! easy and hearty. Made for our family of four on a cold Colorado winter night in January. We used spicy sausage, and threw in some fresh mushrooms and grated parm cheese on top. Even my husband said, "This is REALLY good!" And both kids ate it, which is like winning the lottery in my house. Love how simple it was, using the jarred sauce. Loads of flavor."

oreo95 User ID: 2985724 253774
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2016

"Yummy! easy recipe, made it exact accept used ground Italian sausage meat. Leftovers were even better. Thank you!"

xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 248327
Reviewed May. 17, 2016

"Be careful not to add too much noodles, which is what I did! The noodles can suck up all the liquids. Otherwise, it was a good stew."

robbiejackson User ID: 4907377 242884
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"Really good and easy too! Hubby and I really enjoyed this. I used hot Italian sausage, mushroom onion marinara and black beans instead of kidney (oops!). Don't think the sugar is necessary really, but this was so good. Will definitely make again."

rwippel User ID: 4262008 204733
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"This recipe is delicous! I served it with crushed red pepper because my husband and I like things spicy. Thank you for the recipe!"

rwippel User ID: 4262008 121455
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"This crockpot meal was easy and delicious! I served it with red pepper flanks because my husband and I like things spicy. I definitely will be making this again!"

cbybee User ID: 3897502 59299
Reviewed May. 12, 2012

"This is a great recipe! I've made it with turkey sausage and regular Italian sausage and it is so full of flavor. Family loves it!"

heather1112 User ID: 5696893 130738
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"Yum-- everyone loved it!"

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