Hearty Italian Pasta Skillet

This is one of those meals that started out as as one idea and then something goes wrong and you have to come up with a whole nuther idea. Thankfully, it all came together beautifully and nothing went to waste. My husband liked that it had a combination of italian sausage that I rolled into little meatballs and ground beef in it, which of course made this pretty hearty.

I’ve hard my share of mishaps in the kitchen and back when I came up with this dish, my mishaps were happening on a daily basis. I couldn’t hold my lip right to save my life there for a few days, luckily those mishaps stopped and not a minute too soon. Daddy used to say if you don’t experience mishaps in the kitchen then you ain’t cookin’ right. For it’s those mishaps that teach us a lesson we are supposed to learn, or at least they are supposed to. Back when I first got married you have no idea how many times I called Daddy to tell him I had another mishap. It was to the point that he knew it would be me calling around supper time and he’d just answer the phone “now what?”. I consider myself a pretty seasoned cook at this point in my life and whatever lesson I am supposed to learn from the mishaps I have now is just flying right over my head, too old to try to figure them out I suppose.

Hearty Italian Pasta Skillet


  • 1 lb. ground italian sausage
  • 1 lb.. ground beef
  • 24 oz. pasta sauce (whichever kind your family likes)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese


Take the ground italian sausage and pinch off a little and roll into mini meatballs, (I got 34 out of mine). Put the meatballs in a large skillet and cook until lightly browned all over, remove to a plate. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up, until cooked through. Drain off the grease and add the meatballs back to the skillet with the ground beef. Add the pasta sauce and seasonings. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Stir in the cooked macaroni and then add the cheese, stir until melted.

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