Beef Sausage

Weeknights are always hectic with working parents. This beef sausage skillet recipe is perfect for busy nights because it only involves one skillet. Its low calorie and high protein to fill up the kids in a hurry. Also, its easily adaptable by changing out different vegetables. The beef sausage has enough natural flavoring to enhance this dish without any additional seasoning.

This dish pairs perfectly with white rice or pasta. For a healthier and more filling option, you can use whole wheat pasta or brown rice. It can easily be double and frozen for other busy school and work nights. Or it can easily be heated up in the microwave for a healthy and hearty lunch option. Cook and prep time is only 30 minutes and cleanup is a cinch. Try it for dinner parties too, your neighbors and friends will all be asking for the recipe by the end of the night. Without further ado, let’s get to cooking!



  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef sausage over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain excess fat. Remove from skillet and let cool slightly. Cut sausage into .25 inch cubes and return to pan.
  2. Add cubed zucchini and chopped onion; stir and cook for 2 approximately minutes.
  3. Stir in stewed tomatoes and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the zucchini and onions are tender.
  4. Serve over rice or pasta. Serves 4-6.

For variations on this recipe, you can substitute the zucchini and summer squash. Eggplant or turnips will also work well. To add sweetness, grate some carrots unto the mix before you cover and simmer. Another way to bring out all of the flavors is to grate parmigiano-reggiano onto each plate right before serving. This will bring out the flavor of the beef sausage and the tomatoes. Uncle John’s Pride Italian sausage can also be substituted in this recipe instead of the beef.

For the heart healthy adults in your family, pair this dish with full-bodied red wines such as Chianti or Malbec. They will bring out the flavor of the meat plus help you unwind after a hectic day or work and kid’s activities. If you want to make it more of a spicy meal, add medium salsa right before you cover and simmer. Red, orange and yellow peppers can be added as well black beans for added and cost effective protein. Again, add this before you cover and simmer. Add all this over yellow rice for an almost completely different dish and garnish with a little bit of shredded Mexican cheese.

With just one skillet, this dish is a tasty crowd pleaser. With all of the rich flavors, don’t be prepared for many leftovers. It will definitely become your family’s favorite go to dinner.

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