Sweet Italian Pasta

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Serving Size


  • 1 Box Angel Hair Pasta (penne pasta is good also)
  • 1 lb. EdenThistle Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup Pesto (our favorite brand is Kirkland's)
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • Parmesan Cheese (optional)
  • Roasted Zucchini (optional)


This is one of our family's absolute FAVORITE meals. I love it because I can make it in less that 15 minutes, so if I did not plan or if we're short on time, this is one of my first go-to meals. My family loves it because it tastes SO GOOD. My younger two kids are still somewhat picky eaters, but they cheer every night we make this meal--so I wanted to share this recipe in case it can add a few nights of painless mealtimes for you too! (Note the optional step at the end of recipe. If you'd like to add zucchini (or really any good roasted veggie to this meal), start with that step and then follow rest of directions.)

1. Cook Sweet Italian Sausage in large pot or pan over medium high heat until crumbled and cooked through.

2. While meat cooks, boil enough water to cook one box of pasta of choice (our favorite is Angel Hair but Penne is good too). Drain pasta once cooked according to directions.

3. Add pasta to pot with cooked sausage and then mix in 1 can diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup pesto (add more to taste if needed),  1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional). Mix together (add more pesto or Parmesan to taste if desired).  

4. Serve warm with extra Parmesan cheese on top. I love to add sliced Kalamata olives on top as well for an extra punch of flavor!

Optional Step: Dice 1 zucchini, place on a roasting pan drizzled with olive oil.  Roast in oven at 400 until soft (about 10 min.). Mix in zucchini with pasta and other ingredients in step 3.

Side Options

Warm Sourdough Bread, Salad or Sliced Vegetables with Dip.

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