Pasta and Sausage for a Hearty Home-cooked Dish

Winter is coming. Just like the famous line from my favorite TV show. To be honest, though, I still can’t believe that we’re already closing in at the end of this year. It’s like the year just started and now it’s almost over. With the cold, chilly weather upon us, I can’t help but crave for some home-cooked dish that reminds me of “home”. Let’s not forget that here in New Jersey (or New York, my hubby’s hometown), getting snowed in is inevitable. So I’ve decided to share my all-time favorite go-to dish … spaghetti! It’s a delicious comfort food that no one can resist! I mean, who doesn’t love pasta?

For starters, I went to our local Giant Food Stores and grabbed a few items that would make my dish an absolute delight. When it comes to making a spaghetti, I love a good burst of flavor with a hint of creaminess. So I grabbed the following items:

  • Johnsonville Italian Sausage (HOT) – convenient and flavorful! All the spices are already there, making it a great alternative to ground meat such as beef, pork or turkey. Swap out your usual choice and let the magic happen.
  • Barilla Pasta – while living in Italy for 3 ½ years we discovered it is the number 1 brand of pasta over there for bringing Al Dente perfection to every pasta meal.
  • 16 oz Galbani Low Moisture Mozzarella Cheese – great for shredding and adds that creamy touch with a hint of sweetness. Mozzarella will always be my favorite cheese.
  • Barilla Sauce (Tomato & Basil) – made with all natural ingredients and contains no preservatives! You can guarantee you’re serving the best of the best to your family.

Barilla SpaghettiPIN IT!

Barilla SpaghettiPIN IT!

Johnsonville Italian SausagePIN IT!


  • 1 box Barilla Spaghetti
  • 1 jar Barilla Marinara Sauce
  • 1 package Johnsonville Italian Sausage
  • 1 package Galbani mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, pitted
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil on a large pot over medium-low heat
  • Take the Johnsonville Sausage out of the packaging and the wrapping. Sautee with garlic and onion until the meat is golden brown. This will become your “ground meat”.
  • Add the Barilla Tomato & Basil Sauce onto the cooked sausage followed by the parsley as well as salt and pepper.
  • Boil a pot water and cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Serve the pasta with shredded mozzarella cheese on top.

hat’s it, you’re all done. This dish is perfect for any day … even as a weekday meal! Comfort food in just a few steps.

home cooked pastaPIN IT!

Next time you are at your local Giant Food Stores be sure to grab Barilla Pasta, Johnsonville Italian Sausage and Galbani Cheese to make a dinner everyone will enjoy.

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  • Rebecca Swenor

    This looks like a great home cooked meal for sure. We love pasta dishes and this is one I will be making for sure because it is so easy to make. Johnsonville Italian Sausage is something we love mixing with pasta. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Nikki

    I’m craving for this! I’m sure this one is fantastic! I’m gonna try it today.

  • Angela Harris

    This looks very good, and I love that it’s so easy to make. Saving this for Sunday dinner.

  • Nancy L.

    This looks so good! Do you know that my family is so spoiled that they won’t eat any other pasta except for Barilla?! I’m serious. I’ve bought other brands on sale and they know right away! 🙂

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    This recipe looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make this for dinner this weekend.

  • Kathy

    That looks delicious. I love home cooked meals like these. Pasta is what we all really love in our family, so I’m sure they’ll love this too.

  • Jasmine Eclipse

    This looks so good! Your photos and recipe posts always make me want to get into the kitchen!

  • uprunforlife

    Yum. We just have ziti with Italian sausage and it was delicious. I will have to make spaghetti using a bold sausage. I didn’t make the ziti so I am not sure what type of sausage they used but it wasn’t spicy at all.

  • The Cubicle Chick

    This recipe sounds good. I love Johnsonville sausage but I like mine over veggies instead of pasta. Trying to watch this middle section. – Yolonda

  • Echo

    Yum! A spicy tomato pasta is the perfect winter comfort food! I always need some extra gooey cheese too!

  • diana ajih

    Johnson’s sausages are amazing! I use them all the time in my pasta dishes. Looking at your recipe is making me crave pasta now.

  • CourtneyLynne

    Omg can we say yum?!?! This looks absolutely delicious. Must try your recipe

  • Micaela Levachyov

    This looks like a hearty winter meal!