Easy Mushroom and Sausage Pasta

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Show of hands: who here ate their way through…err…I mean, watched the Super Bowl last night? I’m still full from the chicken wings, stuffed mushrooms, smashed potatoes (with pesto and Parmesan, people!), lamb shanks, and, well, booze from my SB gathering.

I did pay a lick of attention to the actual game. For instance, you know that one play with all the running? That interception? The Peyton Manning? That time the one guy got all up in the other guy’s grill? The psychedelic half-time show? See? I watched. Mmhmm. It’s a good thing I don’t highlight sports for a living.

Easy Mushroom and Sausage Pasta | TheRoastedRoot.net #recipe #dinner #CarandoDateNight #BertolliDateNight #spon

Now that the Super Bowl is over, we can focus our efforts on dating each other. We are, after all, a week deep into the romantic month of February. Which brings me to my next point:

Valentine’s Day: do you partake?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know I’m all about no-frills simplicity. For me, the perfect date night involves a home-cooked meal prepared together and intriguing conversation. I know. I’m so contemporary.

For those of you who are looking to plan a romantic evening in the cozy confines of your indoor arrangement and a.) need recipe ideas that are simple yet show-stopping, b.) want the prep time kept at a minimum, and c.) are keeping to a budget, then this simple mushroom and sausage pasta is for you.

Mushroom and sausage pasta

Mushroom and Sausage Pasta

All I did to prepare this recipe was pick up gluten-free pasta, pre-made sauce (I used Bertolli Balsamic Vinegar and Caramelized Onions Sauce), sausage (I used Carando Italian Sausage), and mushrooms from my local Kroger (see store locations here). One ingredients are gathered, we perform the following:

  1. Cook the pasta
  2. Brown the sausage
  3. Saute the mushrooms
  4. Bring it all together + serve

Crazy simple, right? I blush.

Optional change-ups to the recipe? You can use any gluten-free or gluten-filled noodle of choice, and select your favorite Bertolli sauce. Their Riserva Marinara with Parmigiano-Reggiano sauce would also be on point in this application. If you’re a try-it-before-you-buy-it kind of guy or gal, sampling events for Bertolli Riserva and Carando Italian Sausage will take place at select Kroger stores. Be sure to ask your local store manager for deets.



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Mushroom and Sausage Pasta + Giveaway!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: Julia


  • 1 lb . Carando Italian sausage links
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms sliced
  • 1 jar Bertolli® Riserva Balsamic Vinegar and Caramelized Onions sauce
  • 8 ounces gluten-free rotini pasta cooked and drained, or spiral
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat a large cast iron (or non-stick) skillet to medium high and place sausage links on the hot skillet. brown sausage until golden brown and crispy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Flip and repeat on the other side. Continue cooking and flipping until sausage is cooked through.. Remove sausage from skillet and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Return slices to the hot skillet and sear on both sides until browned. Transfer sausage to a bowl and set aside until ready to use.
  2. Add mushrooms to the skillet with the sausage fat (if necessary, add oil to the skillet). Cook mushrooms over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until tender.
  3. Return sausage to skillet with the mushrooms. Stir in sauce and simmer covered, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  4. Spoon sauce over hot pasta and sprinkle with cheese.

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  1. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    So simple but all the good flavors in one pot! Love this! Dave loves sausage with peppers and onions. I bet I could find a perfect sauce to go with this over rice or GF pasta! #BertolliDateNight #CarandoDateNight

  2. Brenda Haines

    Ignore my first comment lol I forgot the hashtags. #BertolliDateNight & #CarandoDateNight I would still make a new version of stuffed peppers 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Melissa R

    I’d grill up the sausage with some onions and hot peppers, to put some spice into the date night! Serve it over cavatappi with the Bertolli Riserva sauce over top. #BertolliDateNight #CarandoDateNight

  4. Tina

    We slather gluten free English Muffins with that beautiful red sauce, add mozzarella cheese, and top with sausage for a decadent pizza treat.

  5. Tina

    We take the yummy red sauces, slather generously over gluten free English muffins, add cheese of your choice (Asiago and mozzarella are our choices) and top with sausage coins. Takes care of my pizza cravings. #BartolliDateNight #CarandoDateNight

  6. rachel

    I love how easy this is. With a baby and toddler, I’m all about simple dates at home right now. #BertolliDateNight #CarandoDateNight

  7. Jeannie

    I would brown the sausage and warm the sauce, then split some crusty hoagie add some provolone the cooked sausage and sauce then warm till nice and gooey. Yummy with a tempranillo and a salad ! #BertolliDateNight & #CarandoDateNight

  8. Sharon

    I would un-case the sausage, brown the meat, add the Bertolli sauce, some chicken broth and heavy cream, served over tortellini.

  9. Katie

    I would sauté the sausage and mushrooms but would do a mixture of mushroom types. I would also use a blush sauce (I think that’s what it’s called) mixture of alfredo and marinara 🙂
    #BertolliDateNight & #CarandoDateNight.

  10. Izzy @ She Likes Food

    I pretty much got drunk on bean dip last night. So much so that I didn’t have any room at all left when the pizza finally came out! Needless to say, I could really use a real meal this like today to get me back on track! I love how hearty this pasta is! Glad you had fun with the drinks and the food too!

  11. Amanda

    That looks so delicious 🙂 My mom’s lasagna recipe calls for half italian sausage, half ground beef, and to save time I could def use some of that bertolli sauce.

  12. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I agree, there is nothing more romantic than a night in with a glass of red wine and plate of pasta. Especially when it’s this easy to make! #jarredsauceftw I mean, #BertolliDateNight

    But I’m still forcing Brandon to take me out. I gots to get outta tha ktichen for a hot minute, if you know what I mean. 😉

  13. sandra

    I would prepare a date night meal with Carando Italian Sausage and Bertolli Riserva mixed with pasta and veggies #BertolliDateNight #CarandoDateNight

  14. Alison H.

    I would sauté the sausage with some onions and peppers. Add the sauce and serve over pasta with a nice glass of red wine! #BertolliDateNight #CarandoDateNight

  15. Jan

    Cooking pasta al dente; using the skillet to brown the sausage along wth basil; Add pasta sauce and serve #BertolliDateNight & #CarandoDateNight

  16. Susan Christy

    I’d make a baked spaghetti casserole with Italian Sausage & Marinara. #BertolliDateNight & #CarandoDateNight

  17. Neiddy

    I would make a sausage & bacon pasta bake, garlic bread and salad as side items #BertolliDateNight #CarandoDateNight
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Jeffrey

    I would use the Bertolli Riserva Marinara with Parmigiano-Reggiano Sauce and Carando Italian Sausage to make a lasagna. To my lasagna I also add fresh spinach, ricotta and whole milk mozzarella. Wow, #BertolliDateNight & #CarandoDateNight would be complete with a sourdough baguette and dark chocolate lava cake for dessert!

  19. Elle

    I would grill and then slice the sausages and mix them in with a delicious spaghetti/sauce combination.
    #BertolliDateNight #CarandoDateNight

  20. Nicole

    I would make a baked ziti with sausage. So good! Add a salad, some wine, and crusty artisan bread, and date night is complete.

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