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30 Minute Sausage and Bean Pasta for Mid-Week Family Dinner

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Finding dinner ideas that warm us up when it’s so cold outside hasn’t always been easy but now that my kids are happy to try new food it’s making family meals a little bit easier. This week we’ve experimented and come up with this creamy pasta sauce with kidney beans and spicy sausages from the local butchers. It only takes 30 minutes to make and we’ve had it with some of our bread machine garlic and cheese bread. Perfect for school nights when we need some comfort food. So I thought I would share with you our delicious Creamy Sausage and Bean recipe.

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30 Minutes Sausage Pasta

On some weekday nights, it seems we are all over the place, and unless I’ve thrown together something in the slow cooker we literally have 30 minutes to cook maximum and eat before we have to go or do something.

pasta with sausage in a pan ready to be served for school night dinner

This Creamy Sausage Pasta is great in the fact that I can cook it whilst the kids do their homework or reading at the kitchen table and keep an eye on them.

close up of a plate of sausage and bean pasta with a creamy sauce on a wooden table

I’ve made it a few times now and added cheese to it once for us girls as the boys don’t like it (crazy right) and although I did like the cheese it’s still a delicious creamy pasta without it.

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Making Creamy Sausage Pasta with LeftOver Sausage Casserole

If you follow our recipes you will have seen our Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole at the beginning of the month.

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Slow Cooker Green Pepper and Sausage Casserole

Well, this recipe uses the same basic ingredients and to make it even quicker I will freeze half of the slow cooker (it uses 1kg of sausages) and then use it for this recipe.

creamy sausage and bean pasta on a plate with a wooden spatula, tea towel and plate with a slice of garlic bread on top of a wooden table with a fork beside

Just defrost in the fridge overnight and then instead of step 1 in the instructions below warm it up in the frying pan till the sauce starts to sizzle then you can add in the milk and if you want the cheese as well.

pasta with sliced sausages kidney beans in a creamy cheese sausage on a white plate with a coloured tea towel behind on a wooden table top

Creamy Sausage and Bean Pasta Recipe

Yield: 5 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A quick (ready in 30 minutes) and easy creamy sausage pasta recipe that is great for school nights that the kids will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 500 g spicy sausage traditional pork works just as well but less spicy
  • 1 green sweet pepper sliced
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 cup milk semi skimmer or whole milk
  • 1 can kidney beans in water drained and rinsed
  • shredded cheddar cheese Optional
  • pasta of your choice cooked to al dente

Instructions

  1. In a frying pan place the can of chopped tomatoes, onion, sweet pepper, sausages, herbs and salt and pepper and cook for around 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the sausage from the pan and slice into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Return the sliced sausage to the pan, along with milk and kidney beans. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook pasta at the same time as preparing your creamy sausage and bean sauce.
  5. Allow the ingredients to simmer for a further 10 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheese if you wish.
  6. When the cheese is melted and combined with other ingredients, add cooked pasta.
  7. Stir to coat the pasta before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 592Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 1429mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 35g

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