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Robust Italian Sausage & Pasta

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 529 calories, 22g fat (7g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 1573mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 8g fiber), 23g protein.
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  • pajamaangel
    Dec 2, 2019

    No comment left

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Nov 16, 2017

    Fabulous, easy recipe. The flavor is very robust and zesty, but not spicy which makes it family friendly. I used turkey sausage. After reading the reviews, I added a cup of water. The sauce was great but next time I will double the amount of pasta as the ratio of ingredients was a bit off for us. I love adding the pasta at the end - all day flavor and convenience without mushy pasta!

  • amehart
    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
    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
    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
    Oct 5, 2014

    This was delicious! Loved the spiciness of it!

  • gruckee
    Apr 1, 2014

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

  • kra50
    Dec 13, 2012

    It was a little spicy

  • lurky27
    Mar 26, 2012

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

  • Kris Countryman
    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.