Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta features healthy and flavorful Premio Italian Chicken Sausages cooked with a tomato based sauce for a delicious pasta meal! Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Premio Foods.
I love the combination of sausage and pasta for a hearty meal. So when I had a chance to try a variety of Premio Italian Sausage products, visions of pasta recipes quickly came dancing through my head!
One tasty result of those pasta and sausage visions was this delicious Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta recipe I am sharing with you today. Premio Italian Chicken Sausages simmer along with tomatoes, onion and of course plenty of garlic. Your home will smell good when you are cooking this up!
We add some white cannellini beans to further enhance the hearty aspect of our Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta. Toss that tomato and sausage sauce with rigatoni pasta, then top with some good quality Parmigiano cheese for a delicious Italian meal.
Allergy-Friendly Premio Sausage
One thing that immediately caught my eye about Premio Sausage is the allergy-friendliness of their products. That’s a big deal for us, as we avoid egg, nuts and sesame in our house due to our son’s food allergies. He also avoids dairy, although he seems like he might be outgrowing that one.
All Premio Sausage products are egg-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Their Chinese Sausage links do contain sesame oil; however, according to the Premio, there are processes in place to prevent cross-contamination, making all of the Italian sausage products we tried sesame-free too. Note: always double-check ingredients on labels, as they may change from time to time. When in doubt, contact the manufacturer about ingredients and production methods to assure safety with food allergies.
So Premio Sausage products are allergy friendly, but how do they taste? Well, that’s the best part! We really enjoyed the flavor of the Premio sausages we tried. In addition to the Premio sausages we used for the Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta, we also tried the Premio Sweet & Hot Italian Sausage Combo (pork based sausages) and the Premio Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage.
We loved all the Premio sausages we tried! In addition to this Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta, I also cooked up another pasta dish with the pork sausages and some greens. Check out the details of that ziti with sausage recipe!
In addition, my extended family gathered for a 4th of July cookout and enjoyed a variety of Premio sausages off the grill, sliced up and served with a bit over mustard.
Note that the Premio sausages we tried are not pre-cooked, so be sure the sausage meat gets cooked all the way through.
Making Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta
You start this Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta recipe by browning the Premio sausages in a large skillet. This develops a nice base of flavor for the sauce in the pan, and it helps the sausages stay together when cooking them in the sauce.
Set the sausages aside to cool while you cook up the onions. When the sausages are cooled, they get sliced up to be added back into the skillet.
For a nice presentation, rather than slicing all the sausages after browning, cook one of them all the way through in a separate pan or on the grill. The sausages cooking in the sauce break up a bit; the sausage you cook all the way through separately will give you some photo worthy sausage slices.
The sliced sausages simmer with wine, onions, garlic and tomatoes as the pasta cooks. Adding cannellini beans toward the end further thickens the sauce.
I like to use a short, substantial pasta like rigatoni for this Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta. I bet orecchiette would be good, too.
Toss the cooked pasta with the spicy chicken sausage sauce, top with some good quality cheese, and you are ready for a great meal!
Wine Pairing for Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta
The 2014 Spelt Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Riserva ($21, 13.5% ABV) was a winning pairing for the Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta. The big flavors of this Italian red wine work very well with the dish. Stands up to the meat and spice of the Premio Italian sausage, and has enough acidity for the tomatoes.
Spelt is one of several very good Montepulcianos produced by La Valentina winery in Abruzzo, Italy. I first had a chance to sample Spelt at the winery during a press trip to Abruzzo this past spring, and was very pleased to enjoy it back home with this Italian recipe featuring Premio Sausage®. Learn more about Abruzzo wine in this article based on our visit.
We also tested another wine I had while in Abruzzo, a Cerasualo rosé made from Montepulciano grapes. Although the Cerasualos work well with some tomato based dishes, it didn’t have the heft to work with the robust flavors of our Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta.
Barbera can be another good red wine choice to pair with this dish. Typically this grape hails from the Piedmont region in Italy, but we enjoyed leftovers with a a Barbera from Lake County, California– the 2014 High Valley Vineyards Barbera. This bottle has a more plush, fruit forward style than the more austere versions from Italy–either style Barbera would be worth trying with this pasta. And while I definitely recommend the Spelt, other good quality Montepulciano d’Abruzzo should work nicely with the recipe, too.Print
Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta
Healthy and flavorful chicken sausages cooked with a tomato based sauce make a delicious pasta meal!
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 35 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: main
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: Italian
- 4 Premio Spicy Italian Chicken Sausages
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- ⅓ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 14.5 oz can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 lb rigatoni or other short, substantial pasta shape
- 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
- ⅓ cup Parmigiano cheese, grated, plus additional for serving
- salt to taste
- Coat a skillet with oil spray, and heat a large skillet on medium high. Add the Premio Spicy Italian Chicken Sausages. Cook for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally, to cook the sausages. Remove the sausages when browned, and set aside on a plate to cool. *See notes about an option for the sausage preparation.
- Add the olive oil to the same skillet used to brown the sausage, and heat on medium. Add the onions, and cook for about 5 minutes until softened.
- Stir the garlic into the skillet, and cook for about 1 minutes.
- As the onion cooks, cut the sausages into circle slices about ½ inch thick. Note the sausages are not cooked through at this point, and they may break apart a bit as you cut them. That is fine!
- Add the sausage slices to the skillet, stir to combine with the onions. Stir in the red wine, and cook until the wine is reduced by roughly one half, which will take about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the diced tomatoes and add the red pepper flakes, and salt to taste. Bring the sauce to a simmer on medium heat. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat if needed to keep the sauce gently simmering. Toward the end of the cooking time, stir the beans into the sauce.
- As the Premio Sausages cook in the tomato sauce, bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the pasta, and cook according to package instructions.
- When the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain the pasta, then toss it immediately with the sausage and tomato sauce. Add the Parmigiano cheese and basil, stirring to combine. Plate the Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta and enjoy! Pass extra cheese at the table for serving.
- In this recipe, the Premio Sausages are first browned in the skillet, then slices are cooked through as they simmer with the tomatoes and other sauce ingredients. The sausage slices get broken up into bits of meat as the sauce cooks. If you like, you can cook one of the sausages all the way through in a separate skillet or on the grill, then add the slices to the pasta dish at the end. This creates a nice presentation, and is the way I made the recipe when taking the photos here.
Keywords: chicken sausage pasta, healthy pasta recipes, spicy chicken sausage
I love sausage with pasta never thought to do chicken sounds delightful will try next time!
It’s a nice way to make the sausage pasta combo a good healthy meal.
Shashi at SavorySpin
I have yet to try 4 Premio Spicy Italian Chicken Sausages – I’m loving what you did with them here – pairing them with pasta makes for a comforting and delicious meal!
Thanks Shashi, we really enjoyed it!
Premio is one of our family favorites! They have so many options! I love the addition of the beans in this dish! Looks like a perfect meal!
Thanks Sherri! This was my first time trying Premio and I’ll definitely be back for more!
We love spicy Italian sausage in this house – thanks for this great chicken sausage pasta recipe! Yum!
Thanks! Sausages like these are very versatile!
Alina | Cooking Journey Blog
Lovely, flavorful and easy dinner. Good to pair with wine and share with friends!
Thanks Alina! It all works together nicely!
I typically interact with you on Instagram and Twitter but this dish so enthralled me decided to stop by your blog. Mark and I love this type of rich but not heavy dish and sausages- anytime in our house! The Spelt rung a bell and searching through my ‘wines tasted’ photos turns out I’ve tasted the same exact wine albeit a different vintage. Think I’ll be ordering a few more of this one and other La Valentina wines 😉
Thanks for stopping by, Lynn! Yes, we like this combo of healthy & hearty and it does also set up the wine pairings nicely. La Valentina also has some great whites, a good cerasualo rosé and some single vineyard Montepulcianos. If you get a chance grab some of those!
Dominique | Perchance to Cook
I love how you browned the sausage first! I’ve never made a pasta dish with sausage before so maybe that is normal, but I love browned sausage and seeing it browned before being added makes the whole dish so appetizing!
Thanks Dominique! That is my go-to method when cooking a dish with sausage. I do the same thing to start my Portuguese Kale Soup.
I absolutely love the look of this dish! So rustic and filling 🙂 My husband would adore this dinner!!!!
I love spicy food, so this pasty dish is right up my alley. And it’s so wonderful that the sausage is free of a lot of allergens. Can’t wait to try it!
The allegern free aspect is big for us!
This is such a classic and always a winner with my kids. I love spicy food so this would be a big treat for me. Love how simple and easy this is to make. Can’t wait to try.
This sounds so hearty and comforting. I love that you’ve added cannellini beans for even more flavor and texture. What a fantastic dinner dish!
Excellent choice in wine — we were there and had a similar variety. My mouth is watering looking at your dish. We love Italian sausage but I can’t get Hubby to give the chicken variety a try. It looks like I’ll have to keep trying. I’ll show him your recipe.
Abruzzo is great, isn’t it! Especially when cooked up with lots of other good stuff, I barely notice it’s chicken not pork.
Love spicy version of pasta anytime,this looks so great and easy dinners are winner!
I love pasta dishes for quick and substantial meals!
Kim @ Berly's Kitchen
Pasta is one of my all time favorite foods! Adding sausage takes it up a notch. This looks wonderful and sounds absolutely delicious. A true comfort food!
We love our pasta here for those reasons!
This will make my husband the happiest husband of all—this is so happening this week!!
This sounds so good. So perfect for weekdays family dinner. My hubby loves sausages and we have local store that sells Italian ones. I’ll be making this for sure.
Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life
This sounds so delicious and hearty! I can’t wait until the weather is a little cooler (since heavy meals are a little much when it’s pushing 90-100F) so we can try this out!
I agree, this is probably better for a cooler evening!
Love how easy and quick this meal comes together! It looks so hearty and delicious!
This dish looks absolutely delicious! I love how you also included a wine pairing with this dish.
Thanks! Lots of wine pairings to be found on Cooking Chat!
I love the addition of cannelini beans to this pasta. It definitely adds a little extra creaminess to balance the spicy sausage. Yum!
Thanks Jenna! Good point, it does balance things out nicely.
This pasta looks so hearty and delicious! I love the addition of white beans in this, I can’t wait to give it a try.