5 Weeknight Italian Recipes to Make and Share

Searching for dinner inspiration for the week ahead? Look no further than weeknight-friendly recipes featuring canned American grown tomatoes!

This post is written in partnership with Red Gold.

We’re entering the season of holiday celebrations, and while we love a fancier roast or special appetizer, the brunt of the cooking we’re doing is still focused on weeknight dinners the whole family will love.

Not surprisingly, Italian recipes are always a home-run, featuring cans of steam packed fresh tomatoes, grated cheese, perfectly al dente pasta, creamy polenta and tender meats.

Red Gold American grown tomatoes really anchor these dinner recipes thanks to their true tomato flavor (and never anything artificial).

From a Sausage Polenta Casserole to Roast Chicken on Angel Hair, these are great recipes to double and share with a neighbor or friend who could use a little boost. After all, we may not be able to share a meal with a large group this season, but we’re finding new ways to connect and share. 

Roasted Chicken on Angel Hair

We love a meal that practically makes itself, and here you're roasting your chicken on top of pasta for a 2-in-1 meal! The pan drippings and Red Gold tomatoes round out a flavor-packed sauce for the pasta.

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Italian Sausage Spaghetti

Crushed tomatoes and Italian sausage join forces in this easy weeknight spaghetti that's sure to become a staple in your regular rotation!

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Pasta with Sausage and Smoked Mozzarella

Use any noodles you like for this simple pasta, but whatever you do don't forget the smoked mozzarella! We love this quick meal with an easy green salad and crusty bread, and leftovers are great for lunch the next day!

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Meatballs in a slow cooker filled with tomato sauce with a spoon lifting a meatball out of the sauce.

This easy slow cooker meatball recipe uses a blend of beef and Italian turkey sausage for a lightened-up version that still makes a flavorful, juicy meatball. A great recipe to double and freeze, and we love the fact you can start these in the morning and the whole house smells like a trattoria by midday.

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What's more comforting than polenta topped with Italian sausage, mozzarella and a savory tomato sauce? We're not quite sure there's anything better when the weather turns chilly. Weeknight cooking at its best, and a great contender to make ahead and reheat.

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