Sausage and Pasta Skillet

We needed something for dinner the other night and I didn’t want to head back to the grocery store for the third day in a row.  So I pulled some sausage out of the freezer in the morning and started to look for a recipe that I could use it in with what we had on hand in either the pantry or refrigerator. Here is what I came up with.  Tasted great and really easy.  I talked to my duaghter at school that night and gave her the idea as a dinner she could make and have a lot of left overs to get her a couple of meals.  She made it with bow tie pasta and loved it to.      

Sausage and Pasta Skillet


1 lb pork sausage
2 green bell pepper, diced
2 cups dried elbow macaroni (half a package, 8 oz)
18 oz marinara sauce
18 oz water
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup cheddar cheese (or increase to 1/2 cup)

In a large skillet cook sausage on medium heat, until meat is brown. Drain off fat.
Add diced bell peppers, dried elbow macaroni, marinara sauce, and water. Bring to boil; reduce heat to simmer. Simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes until macaroni is tender, occasionally stirring.
Add half and half, sprinkle with cheese, and mix everything well. Remove from heat, cover and let it sit for about 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

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