Italian Sausage Stew

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August 5, 2020

The completed Italian sausage stew.I got this recipe from a friend and then tweaked it to my own tastes. Oh my, this dish is so easy and flavorful!



  • 2 packages (Perri) sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 box Barilla Mezze Rigatoni or regular rigatoni (cut in half after cooked), cooked halfway, drain
  • 3 (14 oz) cans Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 2 (14 oz) can (14 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can of water
  • Veggies- minced in a chopper or processor- medium onion, 1 stalk celery, 2 cloves garlic, few leaves of basil, 1/2 each of green & red .pepper.
  • 1 yellow and 1 zucchini squash, chopped (more if desired)
  • Seasonings; use 1/4 tsp until you test taste; black pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, dried basil, 2 Tbls sugar and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 bag shredded Parmesan cheese for topping
  • Additional water if needed
A box of rigatoni.
A package of sweet Italian sausage.
Vegetables on a cutting board.
Cans of tomatoes.
Jars of herbs and spices.


  1. Using a large deep and wide skillet. Take each sausage and squeeze out of the casing enough to make Small balls and drop into the skillet. Cook gently until they are golden brown, drain most of the oil.
  2. Sausage being cooked in a pan.

  3. Return to the stove, add all minced veggies, stirring well. Then add 3 cans diced tomatoes and 2 cans of tomato sauce.
  4. Adding spices to the cooked sausage.
  5. Add all seasonings plus sugar and grated cheese.
  6. Let this simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Now in a a large pot cook pasta half way.
  8. A colander or half cooked pasta.
  9. Cut in slices both squashes, then into triangles
  10. Add squashes on the top, stir in a boil for only 5 minutes.
  11. Vegetables and canned tomatoes being cooked together.
  12. Take the same and sausages and pour over the pasta.
  13. Pasta mixed with the sausage mixture.

  14. If not enough sauce, add water.
  15. Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese on top!
  16. The completed Italian sausage stew.
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