Drunken Sausage and Pasta

This is such a quick, simple dish and it’s a lot healthier than it sounds because I used whole-wheat spaghetti and turkey sausage. See? I’m trying! I came home from work at 6 pm, got into the kitchen, and had dinner ready by 6:30. What’s better than that? A salad or some vegetables would go nicely with this, but I didn’t have any, and believe me, it’s a great meal either way. I will absolutely be making this dish again. Recipe after the jump!

Drunken Sausage and Pasta
Your ingredients.

Drunken Sausage and Pasta
Slice your onions and place into a pan with olive oil and the sausages.

Drunken Sausage and Pasta
After a few minutes, add in your salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Drunken Sausage and Pasta
Add the beer.

Drunken Sausage and Pasta
Cover everything and reduce the beer to about half while the sausage cooks. This should take about 8 minutes. Boil your pasta during this time.

Drunken Sausage and Pasta
Make sure to turn the sausages over about halfway through.

Drunken Sausage and Pasta
Serve the pasta and sausage together. Drizzle the juices from the pan and the onions over all everything.

Drunken Sausage and Pasta
A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese doesn’t hurt, either.

Drunken Sausage and Pasta
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Serves: 4
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package hot turkey sausage (4-5 sausages)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 jumbo onion, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • pinch red pepper flakes (or more if you want, like me)
  • 1 box (16 oz.) whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 12 oz. bottle of beer (I used a leftover cheap beer and it still tasted good!)
  1. Pour your olive oil into a pan and heat it over medium. Saute your onion, garlic, and sausages over the medium heat for 8 minutes. Make sure to turn over your sausages halfway through.
  2. Add the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste. I did a pinch of each and worked my way up.
  3. Add your beer, cover everything, and reduce the liquid down to little less than half on high heat for 8 minutes. Make sure to flip your sausages halfway through. Boil the pasta while you do this.
  4. Serve yours sausages and onions over the pasta. Make sure you get juices over everything, too.


23 Responses

  1. Pearl says:

    what a nice pasta dish for such a small amount of time!

  2. skeltzer says:

    That’s it; I’m making this for dinner. It looks excellent.

  3. Elyse says:

    Man, this looks totally delicious!! I love the Jenny-O turkey sausages. I can’t wait to try out this recipe. I mean, 30 minutes, who wouldn’t love a yummy dish that comes together that fast!

    • Jimmy says:

      These also freeze rlaely well! Assemble fully, wrap in paper towel and freeze! Once frozen I store them in gallon ziplocks. Ryan loves to grab these on the way out the door!

  4. sharon says:

    Perfect weeknight recipe! Buying the beer for this recipe will also give me an excuse for drinking beer on a work night :)

  5. Irene says:

    Wow, this looks amazing! This dinner is like my husband’s wet dream. Seriously. I’m printing out your post right now and am going to make it for Sunday night dinner, and then I’m going to direct him to your blog for the outpouring of joy. :)

  6. ingrid says:

    I have sausage in the freezer! I’m with Elyse, 30 minutes until dinner AND tastes good?! Doesn’t get much better. Oh, wait I’ll have to stop and buy a beer now. LOL!

  7. ingrid says:

    Oh, I almost forgot I left a few awards on my blog for you. Just wanted to let you know that your blog is one of my faves and more often than not, the one I look to for dinner and dessert! Thanks for passing along such great recipes and taking the time to photograph everything. It does make things easier!

  8. BluEyedDaizy says:

    That looks really good…it’s been ages since I’ve had sausage cooked in beer. Gonna give this a try tonight!

  9. Kathleen says:

    Hey there! Hi There!
    Thanks for the link to my page! I have tried and tried,
    whole wheat pasta……..you’re right its better for you.
    I just can’t get past the texture, its a harder pasta….
    Nice to meet you Crepes of Wrath.
    I so dig that name.

  10. Rhonda says:

    I need to give this a try, I have a bunch of random sausages hanging out in my freezer!

  11. Julie says:

    That looks yummy…I love quick and easy meals.

  12. Lilly says:

    Just wondering, does that count as an alcoholic meal? :[.

  13. I used Newcastle for the beer, multigrain angel hair & thin spaghetti for the pasta (which is the best kind to use for those who don’t typically like the texture of grainy pasta, IMHO) and organic hormone-free apple chicken sausage for the meat. It was delicious, but I think I’ll use egg noodles next time. :) Thanks, as ever, crepesofwrath!

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  15. Vana says:

    i just made it tonight for dinner and it was very good and very fool proof.

  16. Kate says:

    I just made this tonight for me and my husband (who doesn’t like onions) and we LOVED it (even the onions)!
    Thanks so much for yet another hit!

  17. Jess says:

    This looks absolutely delish! I will make this for dinner tonight and will have feedback for your on Monday! :) Thank you so much!

  18. Jess says:

    I’m back! So, I tried this recipe and it was a complete hit! My boyfriend and I loved it! In fact, I am making it again tonight! :) Thank you soo much!

  19. Heather says:

    I have everything I need to make that right now. So very hungry…. so very delicious looking…

  20. jemartin says:

    This recipe is great! It has become a quick staple in our house. There are just two of us at home so this is a great meal to cut in half so we dont have too many leftovers! I try to always keep some of the sausages frozen in the freezer, and then I seem to always have everything on hand to make this dish.

  21. thecrepesofwrath says:

    Lilly: I didn’t know there was such a thing as an alcoholic meal! haha.

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