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Sausage Pasta Stew

If you like chili, you'll enjoy my slow-cooker specialty packed with turkey sausage, pasta and vegetables. My family gobbles it up! It's not only tasty, but loaded with protein and low in fat. —Sarah Bowen of Upland, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2-3/4 quarts)


  • 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 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.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the pasta, peas, sugar, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 276 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 1111mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • RedDragon24
    Nov 18, 2018

    Wonderful flavor! My family loved it.

  • Remenec
    Jul 29, 2017

    My family loved this recipe! It's hard to find one we all like, but this one brought everyone to the dinner table! The broth is delicious and I loved the combination of veggies!

  • swinny
    Jun 20, 2017

    Hearty meal on a cold dreary rainy day.

  • luvdemgrits
    Jan 24, 2017

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

  • JGa2595176
    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
    Sep 6, 2016

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

  • xlsalbums
    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
    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
    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
    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!