February 06, 2015



A hearty one-pot meal with sweet Italian sausage, brussels sprouts, cavatappi, and mozzarella. Great for a weeknight dinner.

One Pot Sausage, Brussels Sprouts, and Cavatappi
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Hi all! It's been an eventful 1 1/2 week in my neck of the woods. We got burried in 50+ inches of snow in two separate storms, then I saw this awesome concert with Katy Perry, Missy Elliott, and Lenny Kravitz at some football stadium on TV. (Haa Haa)! Seriously, I have to say congrats to our Patriots who brought the trophy home (please don't hate)!! To be honest, I am not a huge sports fan, but it is exciting when your home team goes to the Superbowl. And wins!!

Onto the food. After a weekend of dining out and eating game day foods, I decided that I need a little more brussels sprouts in my life and came up with this Italian sausage, brussels sprout, and pasta dish. Everything was cooked in one pot, so cleanup was reallllly easy. My kind of meal!!

One Pot Sausage, Brussels Sprouts, and Cavatappi

I started by browning then removing ground Italian sausage in a skillet. Next, I sauted onion and garlic, followed by brussels sprouts. I then added the liquid ingredients and allowed the brussels sprouts to simmer for a few minutes. I then  added the cavatappi and returned the sausage. The whole thing was allowed to simmer for another 15-18 minutes until the pasta was al dente. Finally, fresh mozzarella cheese was added, and the pan went under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese became gooey and bubbly. 

One Pot Sausage, Brussels Sprouts, and Cavatappi

One Pot Sausage, Brussels Sprouts, and Cavatappi

My daughter, a fellow brussels sprouts lover, gave this dish a thumbs up. She and I have been enjoying it the last couple of days. My husband and son, I regret to say, will not touch brussels sprouts with a 10-foot poll, therefore did not get to taste the fruits of my labor. Oh well...more for us girls!! 



2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. ground sweet or hot Italian sausage
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed & halved
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups water
1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
8 oz. cavatappi, uncooked
4 oz. sliced mozzarella
1 tbsp. chopped parsley for garnish


Preheat a large, oven proof deep skillet or saute pan on medium high heat. Add olive oil,  sausage, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Cook until sausage is no longer pink (about 7-8 minutes), breaking up into small chunks using a wooden spatula. Transfer sausage into a plate. Discard fat, reserving 1 tablespoon in pan. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add brussels sprouts, onion powder, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water, crushed tomatoes, sugar, Italian seasoning, cavatappi, and sausage. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for another 15-18 minutes or until pasta is al dente.

Preheat oven to low broil. Place mozzarella slices over pasta. Place pan in oven and broil until cheese melts and bubbles. Garnish with chopped parsley or basil. Makes 6 servings.


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  1. MMMMMMMMM!!! One pot recipes are my Favorite Thao! So easy to clean up afterwards, we bloggers spend enough time doing dishes as it is right? This looks spectacular :) The ingredients must have blended so well together, I'm reading the ingredient list and DROOLING!

    1. Hi Stephanie! On occasions when my husband actually volunteers to cook, he almost always has a cleanup elf (me) who washes and puts away things for him. I don't have volunteers to do that for me, so anything to make my life easier is a good thing! This is a simple one pot meal that does just that, and it's easy to make, and leaves you feeling well-feed.

  2. Now this is comfort food! I am also a brussel sprout lover, so I really appreciate when they're included in recipes. I bet they're a wonderful compliment to savory sausage!

    1. I wanted to pair the brussels sprouts with something different than the usual suspects and sausage came to mind. The sprouts, sausage, pasta, sauce, and cheese all meld together really well. Thanks for visiting, Kathleen!

  3. The combination of flavors in this dish is just perfect! I would love a big plate for dinner!

    1. Thank you, Ashley! It made for a quick, nourishing lunch for me several times this week. And I felt good that I got some sprouts in my diet!

  4. What a delicious dish to enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. This is my kind of food! I like the idea to add brussels sprout into the pasta, so healthy and delicious! This will make a wonderful dinner :)

    1. Thank you Maggie. The brussels sprouts, pasta, red sauce, and sausage mesh together well. I just love how this easy one pot meal can feed the entire family.

  6. This looks fantastic and it's so innovative. I've never thought to throw brussel sprouts into my pasta like that. High five, girl!

  7. This looks like a fantastic meal, and one pot makes it even better! If you had a spare moment, I would be delighted if you'd drop this (and anything else you'd like to share) by at the #PureBlogLove anything goes link party! You can find me here: http://picnicnz.blogspot.co.nz/

  8. I could eat a bowl of this right now, it looks really good! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!