ChickenShit Italian Sausage Skillet

This is the perfect, easy, chilly-weeknight one-skillet dish that will fill the bellies and put smiles on the faces of your family.


* 1 package Italian sausage, 5 or 6 sausages total
* 1 lb penne pasta
* 1 red bell pepper, sliced
* 1 small red onion, sliced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
* 4 large ripe tomatoes, diced
* 2 Tbsp canned crushed tomato
* 1/2 cup chicken broth
* 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
* 1 tsp ChickenShit
* 2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
* 1 scallion, sliced, for garnish
* Fresh chopped basil, for garnish


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat a bit of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausages and cook until browned on all sides. You can add 1/4 cup of water so they don’t blacken and stick to the pan. When the sausages are almost cooked, transfer to a cutting board.

3. In the same skillet (remove water but keep the brown bits), add 1 Tbsp oil and sauté onions with crushed fennel seeds, crushed chili pepper flakes, and ChickenShit. Add the garlic and crushed tomato and continue to sauté for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly. Then add bell pepper and diced tomatoes and cook until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in broth and cook for another minute or so. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Slice sausage into 1/4 or 1/2-inch pieces and add back to the skillet with other ingredients. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until sausage is cooked through and sauce is thickened.

5. Add pasta to the skillet and reheat for a couple of minutes, stirring gently to coat the pasta with the sauce. Garnish the sausage pasta skillet with basil, chopped scallion, and Parmesan cheese.