Remember how I mentioned the Freshman 15?

Yup, it’s a thing. It is very real and the reason is that not many students know how to cook for themselves. The result is a multitude of take-out, fast food, high fat, and KD. 15 pounds are gained like that-visualize me snapping my fingers.

Something else to keep in mind as a student, is the cost of food. Now, you and I both know that food has increased significantly in price. Everything is expensive and grocery shopping is costly. Sausages and a bag of pasta are still affordable. Add chopped red pepper and you got yourself a healthy dinner.

The best thing about this meal? You can make a pot of it and it still tastes great for a couple of days.

Print and pass this recipe along to your kid in school and go ahead and try it yourself. You will not regret it!

Raw sausages with herbs and spices, wood background

Fussili with Italian Sausage

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 cup Dried Fussili pasta, or any other curly pasta like rotini
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Onion-chopped/minced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • Mild Italian Sausages-need 1 sausage per person. Remove Casing.
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 Red Pepper-sliced thinly
  • 3/4 cup Tomato Sauce


  • Cook the pasta-boil water and once boiling, add pasta. Cook according to packge directions.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a fry pan on medium heat, add chopped onion and garlic. Cook 3 minutes.
  • Add sausage-removed from casing. Cook 3 minutes.
  • Add basil and red pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce. Reduce heat, simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Once pasta is done, drain and add back to pot. Add sauce to pasta. Serve.
Keyword pasta, sausage