Total Time
40 Mins
4 servings (serving size: about 2 cups pasta mixture, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1 tablespoon basil)

Ripe, summer tomatoes are juicy and delicious in this pasta dish, with no seeding or peeling necessary.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage and onion to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring to crumble sausage. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in pasta, 2 tablespoons cheese, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and basil.

Ratings & Reviews

FullerRN's Review

August 09, 2014
Read everyone's reviews before making this dish....added extra basil, crushed red pepper, more garlic and extra cheese. Wilted the basil during the last minute to add a punch...still lacking that special something. I used sweet Italian sausage, I'll try it again using hot Italian sausage next time.

sjd28562's Review

July 14, 2013
A little bit dry for our tastes. Would make again and add a can of tomato sauce and extra cheese on top. Maybe would just slice the sausage in 1/4" chunks. Love the fresh basil!


February 24, 2017
Love, love, love this recipe. The flavors meld so well. Could not stop eating. This is going in my special recipe book.

3 1/2 stars

January 11, 2017
We have this dish periodically as my teen loves it.  Sometimes I use spicy sausage, sometimes mild.  Tonight I didn't have enough fresh tomato so I also added a can of diced tomato and it was still good.  A nice, basic, easy meal to prepare on a busy work night.


August 21, 2016
I've made this dish several times and we love it.  The key is using just picked garden tomatoes and high quality cheese.  I use sweet Italian turkey sausage, Vidalia onions, and Parmesan instead of Romano Cheese.  This dish is company-worthy.  The directions are correct too.

Simple and Delicious!

June 12, 2016
I gave this dish five stars for its simplicity and satisfaction factor. I used hot Italian sausage and I peeled the tomatoes; which is super easy to do if you crosshatch and blanch them. I was worried it might be bland because it is so simple, but fear not! Came out moist, spicy, and VERY good!

I still feel the one is more simpler

September 20, 2015
A special yet simple recipe from the UK Zizzi stable

Simple and tasty

August 05, 2015
I substituted with turkey sausage and used diced can tomatoes. No problem with dryness as others have mentioned. Did not drain sausage. Family really enjoyed it. I would make again. Good for throwing together a meal in short order.

Delicious! I substitute sweet chicken sausage!

July 23, 2015
This is a keeper! Very fresh tasting. Serve with fresh French bread and olive oil. Add a salad and wine and you have a meal suitable for guests. Spice it up with a few dashes of cayenne!

Elizabeth12321's Review

July 06, 2014
Actually used an apple turkey sausage to lighten it up for summer. Was phenomenal.