Fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese come together with chicken sausage in a caprese pasta dish that is ready in under 30 minutes — perfect for busy weeknights!
Looking for a weeknight dinner recipe with fresh and bright flavors? With vegetables, protein, and carbs all in one dish? And ready in under 30 minutes? This Chicken Sausage Caprese Pasta checks off all of those boxes and more!
Everyone is busy these days and as a food blogger I totally get it – so I love coming up with delicious and well-balanced meals for busy weeknights when I’m trying to get dinner on the table quickly. The evening should be about spending time with family and relaxing, and not stressing over what’s for dinner. Today’s recipe is a new twist on the classic Chicken Pasta Bake, updated with fresh caprese flavors – juicy tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fragrant basil leaves – all tossed together with savory chicken sausage and pasta. It’s light and flavorful, yet hearty and nutritious.
- 1 lb rotini, penne, or any medium cut pasta
- 12 oz al fresco Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 pints grape tomatoes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
- ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
- Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook sausages until browned on both sides. Let cool slightly and cut into slices.
- Add garlic to skillet and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes burst and release their juices and form a sauce, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add cooked pasta and sausages back into the skillet and toss until heated through. Stir in mozzarella and basil and serve immediately.
For this recipe, I used al fresco all natural Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage, which comes pre-seasoned and fully cooked. It’s gluten free, made with lean, skinless chicken meat, and has less fat and sodium than traditional pork and beef products. With ten versatile flavors to choose from, you can bring new flavors to classic chicken recipes while saving prep and cooking time. I used Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage which pairs perfectly with my caprese ingredients.
I’ve made this recipe twice in the past two weeks and will say that it has quickly become a tried and true weeknight dinner staple. I hope you enjoy it too!
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