Skillet Rotini


Just needed something quick, easy, and hearty. Easy dish to make when you don’t know what to cook and are in a hurry. Made this the night we got back from a college visit. You can use whatever short pasta you like.

Skillet Rotini


  • 1 pound Italian Sausage, sweet or hot
  • 1 medium onion, small dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound rotini
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • small handful fresh basil leaves, chiffonade


  1. In a large deep skillet, brown Italian sausage.
  2. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon to a paper towel.
  3. Leave oil from sausage in skillet.
  4. Saute onions and garlic until soft.
  5. Add seasonings and cook until fragrant.
  6. De-glaze with red wine.
  7. Add tomatoes, sauce, and water.
  8. Stir in rotini and cook until al dente.
  9. Sir in ricotta and parmesan cheese.
  10. Top with fresh basil and serve with additional parmesan cheese.

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