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Sausage Pasta Stew Recipe

Sausage Pasta Stew Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Sausage Pasta Stew

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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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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!"

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"Yum-- everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"So good. My 2 1/2 year old gobbled it up!"

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"This is a keeper. Everyone loved it. I did add italian seasoning and some crushed red pepper to spice things up a little. Will definately make again."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"I also added the chili powder...I like a little kick. This dish is so easy and delicious....I will deff. make it again :)"

Reviewed May. 23, 2008

"That was really good!! I did not add the 1/2 teaspoon salt because of our family diet but it was still good regardless. Thanks, will definitely use again!!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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