Summer Bowtie Pasta & Chicken Sausage Skillet Bake: A Seasonal Feast


Embrace the vibrant flavors of summer with this delightful Bowtie Pasta & Chicken Sausage Skillet Bake. Combining succulent chicken sausage with colorful vegetables and perfectly cooked pasta, all baked to perfection in a cheesy, herby sauce, this dish is a testament to the joy of seasonal cooking. It's a one-pan wonder that promises a burst of flavors and textures, making it the perfect meal to enjoy on warm summer evenings.

Summer Bowtie Pasta & Chicken Sausage Skillet Bake: A Seasonal Feast

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1/6th of skillet

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 450
  • Protein: 22g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 700mg


  • 12 ounces bowtie pasta (farfalle)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 yellow squash, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook the bowtie pasta according to package instructions until al dente; drain and set aside.
  3. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken sausage and cook until browned. Remove sausage and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add bell pepper, zucchini, squash, and garlic. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  5. Return the cooked pasta and sausage to the skillet. Add cherry tomatoes and half of the mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
  6. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Garnish with fresh basil before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use fresh, seasonal vegetables for the best flavor and texture.
  • For a spicier kick, choose a hot or spicy variety of chicken sausage.
  • To make this dish vegetarian, substitute chicken sausage with a plant-based alternative.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I prepare this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the skillet bake ahead of time and refrigerate. Just bake it when ready to serve, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time if it's coming straight from the fridge.

What can I use if I don’t have an ovenproof skillet?

Assemble the bake in a regular skillet and transfer it to a baking dish before topping with cheese and baking.

How can I make this gluten-free?

Use gluten-free pasta and ensure your chicken sausage is gluten-free.

With every forkful of this Summer Bowtie Pasta & Chicken Sausage Skillet Bake, let the bright and cheerful essence of summer dining fill your home. It's more than just a meal; it's a celebration of the season's bounty, meant to be shared and savored under the golden sun. Here’s to delicious adventures and the simple pleasures of homemade delights.