Spaghetti Without the Sauce Pasta Recipe

Last Updated on November 15, 2013 by

Pasta is always an easy and quick meal to serve my family on a busy night.  There are a ton of ways you can serve it but of course, the classic red sauce is always easy because you just have to open a jar.  However, as odd as it sounds, I am not a huge fan of the classic red sauce.  I don’t hate it or anything…I eat pizza, baked ziti, and lasagna on a regular basis.  However, if given a choice I would choose an Alfredo sauce or pesto rather than a jar of tomato based sauce.  I prefer my tomatoes fresh out of the garden rather than jarred any day.  This easy pasta recipe uses an assortment of fresh ingredients but it is still quick and easy to make.  If you are looking for an easy pasta recipe to serve on a busy night, this one will certainly work.  We get our sausage from a small, local farmer but if you can only find links of sausage you can chop into bite sized pieces and use that.  A great resource for pasta recipe inspiration is the Jamie Oliver website!

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Spaghetti Without the Sauce Pasta Recipe

easy pasta recipe

Yields 6 to 8

Spaghetti Without the Sauce Pasta Recipe

A quick and easy pasta recipe loaded with fresh ingredients but no sauce!

15 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound pasta, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, cut into strips
  • 15 to 20 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. In a large saute pan, cook ground sausage until done. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add onion and red bell pepper and saute just until onion is starting to get translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes
  3. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, sauteed onions and peppers, sliced cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Mix well
  4. Serve with Parmesan cheese on top

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