Weeknight Dinners

Italian One Pot Pasta

If you don’t like to cook, don’t think you can cook, don’t want to cook, have a case of the Mondays (Tuesdays – Fridays for that matter) or just need something to feed your family or yourself, this is it. 

It’s super fast, and packed full of flavor. We made it on a Monday and it was amazing. Plus, if you have fresh herbs growing, it’s a great way to use up LOTS of basil. If you don’t grow basil, pick up one of those little plants in the produce department at your grocery store. It’s worth it!


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 (12oz) smoked andouille sausage (any sausage will work, we just browned off some spicy Italian ground beef)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups basil, loosely packed
  • 4 cloves garlic (or 2 tbsp powdered)
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup red wine


  1. In a large dutch oven, combine all ingredients, plus 4 cups of water. 
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until spaghetti is cooked.
  3. Sprinkle with Parmesan + stir to thicken.
  4. Enjoy! 
  5. Yield: 5-6
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Turkey Italian Sausage Skillet

It’s cold and flu season and it’s wreaking havoc on our household this year. It destroyed our vacation and is dampening our weekend family plans. Just when we think we have one virus down, another one pop up over night. This week our little man has the croup and my husband has a bug, too. Last week , I was sick with influenza, the same bug that both kids had while at Disney. Luckily, my hubs and I have been able to take turns being sick so at least one of us can keep things going. He made a TON of great recipes last week that had everyone cleaning their plates. One of our favorites was this 20 minutes, one skillet Turkey Italian Sausage recipe.


  • 1 package Turkey Italian Sausage (sweet is ok)
  • evoo
  • salt and pepper
  • two cans white cannellini beans
  • 1 bunch/pound of broccoli (or spinach, peas, green beans, asparagus, brussel sprouts


  1. In a large skillet with high sides over medium-hi heat, brown off the italian sausages until brown and crumbly.
  2. Remove the sausage from pan once cooked and put on a plate to the side.
  3. While the pan is still hot, add 1 tbsp evoo and cook the broccoli util crisp tender on high heat, about 2 minutes.
  4. Once the broccoli is done, add the sausage back in and dump in the two cans of beans, drained and rinsed.
  5. There are a bunch of extra things to add for flavor, too.
    1. 2 Tbsp chopped garlic (or powdered, too)
    2. 1 chopped fresh oinion (or powdered works)
    3. 1 tsp fennel seed
    4. 1 tsp thyme
    5. 1 tsp oregano


Yield is about 5

Enjoy! If your pan is dirty, just leave on the stove top and add a liquid to deglaze. I like to use Kim Cawford white wine, especially if i’m going to have some at dinner time. It makes a nice pan suace too, if you let it reduce a bit and add a tsp of flour to thicken up. Chicken stock is also a good way to deglaze if you’re worried about cooking with alcohol with kids. After a few minutes though, the alcohol cooks off, and it’s not an issue, really.

Have a great week!