chicken italian sausage


Homemade Cheese Ravioli with Meat Sauce 

This was absolutely perfect in every single way. It’s rich with flavor, slightly spicy, and a great dinner for a winter weeknight. 

I will post a detailed ravioli recipe in another post – the focus of this recipe is the meat sauce. 


1 small yellow onion, diced 

5 large cloves garlic, minced 

1 lb Italian chicken sausage (hot or sweet) 

1 full jar tomato passata 

2 cups spinach, roughly chopped 

1 tsp granulated garlic 

1 tsp granulated onion

1 tsp dried basil 

1 tsp dried oregano 

½ - 1 tbsp granulated sugar 

Pinch red pepper flakes 

Extra virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and pepper, to taste 

1 lb cooked cheese ravioli 


Heat a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. 

Once the pot has come to temperature, drizzle a few tbsp of olive oil into the bottom and add in the onions and garlic. 

Sweat the onions and garlic until the onions become translucent. Season with salt and pepper.

Once the onions are translucent, raise the temperature to medium high and add in the chicken sausage.

Break apart the sausage using a wooden spoon, season with granulated onion and garlic and cook until browned.

As the chicken begins to brown, add in the entire jar of tomato passata [making sure to add water to the jar to add the excess], dried basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, sugar and stir. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken. 

During the final minutes of simmering, cook the ravioli, drain and reserve a small amount of pasta water. 

Raise the heat to medium once again, and add in the spinach and stir. 

Add in the ravioli and toss into the sauce. 

Garnish with fresh parsley or basil and serve. 


Just made a really yummy low spoon recipe and wanted to share!

Crockpot Tortellini Soup:

1 can diced tomato
1 bag dry tortellini
1 bag spinach
1 8oz block cream cheese cut into cubes
1 lb precooked Italian sausage
Chicken Broth

Toss all the items into the crockpot. Pour in enough broth to cover. Cook for 4-5 hours, on high setting of crockpot. Stir when you can and just keep an eye on the tortellini for doneness. Yummy!

Skillet Pizza Pasta Bake   Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: This Gal Cooks Recipe type: Dinner, Casserole Cuisine: American Italian Serves: 6 Ingredients
  • 3 hot chicken Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 4oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • ½ sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 13.5 oz jar of all natural pizza sauce (I used Delgrosso Pizza Sauce)
  • ½ tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 8oz of gluten free elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parsley for garnish
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions then set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large oven-safe skillet. Season the veggies with the Italian seasoning and then add them to the skillet. Cook until tender. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Add the italian chicken sausage to the skillet and cook until browned. Be sure to break it up/crumble it as it is cooking.
  4. Add the veggies back to the skillet. Then add the pasta and pizza sauce and mix well. Sprinkle with the parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, reserving 1 tbsp of the mozzarella cheese. Top with the pepperoni and then remaining mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Then turn on the broiler and broil for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is browned.
Nutrition Information Serving size: 1.5 C Calories: 300 Fat: 10g Carbohydrates: 36g Sugar: 5g Sodium: 572mg Protein: 14g

natterz  asked:

We just got a new cast iron dutch oven for Christmas. and are looking for some great recipes to try out! Any suggestions?

Jealous! ;) You can make so many hearty winter dishes with a Dutch oven, like…

Happy cooking!


3.2 mile run on  this beautiful evening, plus some much needed lifting and stretching! Please note that it’s March and I ran in a TANK TOP. 

Dinner was two mostly homemade and delicious pizzas (and salad). The pizza dough from Trader Joe’s is a game changer. 10/10 do recommend. The boy made one with TJ’s artichoke spread, mozzarella, spinach, and Italian chicken sausage. The other one is pesto, mozarella and feta, chicken, and grape tomatoes. Pizza = life.