This Smoked Sausage and Zucchini Skillet and a quick and easy meal on it’s own, or is fabulous served with rice or pasta. With loads of flavor and loads of veggies it’s a quick 20 minute meal that you don’t have to feel guilty about.
We love easy meals that can be served in under 30 minutes like this sausage and zucchini skillet. Some of our other quick favorites will impress your family just as much, like Penne Pasta Primavera or our Easy Bolognese Sauce.
Smoked Sausage and Zucchini Skillet
Have you ever had an idea for something you wanted to make for dinner, and it turned out way better than you anticipated? Yeah, this was one of those.
It was one of those nights where I had vegetables in the fridge that had to be used up and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. I’ve been really into cooking meals in my new cast iron skillet (I seriously love this thing) and I knew that the smoked sausage would add some really great flavor.
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How to make Smoked Sausage and Zucchini Skillet
- First slice up the sausage and some onion and toss them into a buttered skillet. Because butter makes everything better. (You could always use olive oil instead).
- Add some minced garlic and stir it up, then add sliced zucchini and yellow squash, oregano and some red pepper flakes for a little heat. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, then add a couple handfuls of grape tomatoes. As the squash cooks, the tomatoes will begin to break down and create this amazing sauce, just enough to lightly coat the veggies and sausage.
- Once the squash is soft but still has some bite to it, remove the pan from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This was the point where I tasted the zucchini and decided it needed just a little salt. You could certainly leave that out if you prefer.
Are sausages already cooked?
Yes, they are. You could really eat them cold right out of the package if you wanted to. But they are much tastier once you’ve browned them in a skillet for a bit first.
This could easily be a fabulous meal all on it’s own if you are wanting something lo-carb, but we served it over some steamed rice or buttered noodles. That sauce I talked about? It coated the rice and gave it such a great flavor. There’s leftovers in the fridge, and I call dibs!
What to do with leftovers
This smoked sausage and zucchini skillet makes for some pretty delicious leftovers. Store covered in the fridge for 3-4 days, and reheat in the microwave or in a skillet on the stove.
More easy dinners that use smoked sausage
- Grilled Sausage and Peppers Foil Packets
- One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet
- Smoked Sausage and Potatoes Hash
- Smoked Sausage & Apple Sheet Pan Dinner
- White Bean, Kale & Sausage Soup
- Easy Shrimp Boil Sheet Pan Dinner
Smoked Sausage and Zucchini Skillet
- 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
- 1/2 cup sliced onion about 3/4 cup
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1-2 cloves
- 14 ounces smoked sausage cut in half lengthwise and then into 1/4 inch pieces
- 2 medium zucchini cut in half lengthwise and then into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 yellow squash cut in half lengthwise and then into 1/4 inch pieces
- 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes sliced in half lengthwise
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt if desired
- Heat a 12 inch skillet over medium heat.
- Melt butter in the pan, then add the diced onion; stir and cook until onions are soft.
- Mix in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds before adding the sliced smoked sausage.
- Cook until sausage is browned; about 7 minutes.
- Stir in the veggies and seasonings and cook another 7 minutes or until zucchini is tender (soft, but still has a bit of crunch to it).
- Serve on it's own or over a bed of steamed rice.
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