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Summer Sausage Farfalle

Summer Sausage Farfalle ~ The Complete Savorist

Every New Year’s Day growing up, summer sausage or smoked sausage logs were part of the day’s food staples along with the parade.  Cheese and crackers, some fruit, and more chip and dips than anyone should ever consume were aplenty. My favorite: a brick of cream cheese with salsa poured over the top.  Still love it today.

Recently, I went on a cheese binge buying spree when I was at Whole Foods in Salt Lake City.  I had $50 in gift cards that I won in raffles and now was the time to spend them. Sure, I could have gone conservative and picked up some nice organic veggies or more pantry stables, but that’s just silly.  So, cheese it was!

A friend was coming by to hang out and watch another episode of “Orange is the New Black” (he’s seriously behind) and asked what he could bring. Since I was going to provide cheese, crackers, and wine, I suggested a summer sausage would be perfect.  Now I was expecting just the typical 9 oz package but he came with this huge, double in length hunk of summer sausage. We made a dent in it that night, but I knew I’d be eating it for weeks to come.  I decided I should make a dinner out of it.

When the weekend came, I took that sausage, cut it up, threw in some vegetables and made a quick parmesan cream sauce and tossed it all with some farfalle pasta (bow ties).  Dinner was done and delicious.  The sear on the sausage was amazingly good.  I have never cooked it before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I loved the results.  As did the other four at the table.

Summer Sausage Farfalle ~ The Complete Savorist

Summer Sausage Farfalle ~ The Complete Savorist

Summer Sausage Farfalle

Author: Michelle


  • 1/2 pint cherry or grape tomatoes; halved
  • 1/2 onion; diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper; diced
  • 1 zucchini; quartered and sliced
  • 9 oz . pkg of summer sausage (or similar); quartered and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp . extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp . salt and pepper; +/- to taste
  • 1/2 tsp . Italian seasoning


  • 1-15 oz can chicken broth
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tbsp . flour
  • 1/8 tsp . black pepper
  • 3/4-1 lb farfalle pasta


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain once cooked.
  2. In a large sauté pan, quickly sear the summer sausage on both sides on medium-high, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Drain any rendered fat.
  4. In the same sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  5. Add all the vegetables, garlic, and the salt and pepper, sauté them for 4-6 minutes or until they have reached the desired doneness.
  6. Add the Italian seasoning, mix well.
  7. Return the meat to the pan and combine with the veggies.


  1. While the vegetables are sautéing, in a sauce pan, whisk together the flour and about 1/4 cup of the chicken broth until smooth.
  2. Once roux is smooth, add the remaining broth and slowly whisk in the parmesan cheese.
  3. After the cheese and broth are combined, add in the cream and continue to whisk together, add the black pepper.
  4. Combine the pasta, meat/veggies, and sauce, Mix well and serve.
  5. Enjoy.

Summer Sausage Farfalle ~ The Complete Savorist

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  • Linda Omura
    January 7, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Looks delicious! Your photography is beautiful! I’m following you on all social media now. Let’s keep in touch.

    • Michelle
      January 7, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you Linda, I will make the rounds to yours today as well!

  • Anna | ANNAdventure
    January 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    OMG its almost lunch time over here in Colorado and I am HUUUUUUUUNGRAY! This post is teasing me, looks so good

    • Michelle
      January 7, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Happy to tantalize your tastebuds Anna!

  • fabiola@notjustbaked
    January 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Everything about this makes me want pasta right now! Super pretty!

    • Michelle
      January 12, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Hope you enjoy it.

  • The Food Hunter
    January 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    if I could reach through the screen this would be gone.

    • Michelle
      January 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Fantastic thought! Thank you FH.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    January 7, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I am sucker for a good pasta dish, any day of the week! Looks wonderful!

    • Michelle
      January 7, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Erin!

  • Kristen
    January 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I love summer sausage. I haven’t had any in so long, but looking at your pasta dish, I am thinking I might need a double length of it, too; one for a pasta dinner and one for snacking!

    • Michelle
      January 7, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      I think that is a most excellent plan Kristen!

  • Culinary Flavors
    January 8, 2015 at 2:43 am

    This salad looks absolutely perfect! Refreshing and super tasty!

    • Michelle
      January 8, 2015 at 11:47 am

      That’s the unique thing with this dish, tastes great served hot or cold.

  • Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled
    January 8, 2015 at 11:36 am

    We love summer sausage and this pasta dish looks amazing! 🙂

    • Michelle
      January 8, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thank you Jenn! It was a fun (an easy) dish to make.

  • Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish
    January 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    This is just the right pasta bite, Michelle! Yum!

    • Michelle
      January 8, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you Suzy!

  • Linda (Meal Planning Maven)
    January 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    What a stunning dish! Sure to brighten up a dreary winter day!..

    • Michelle
      January 8, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you Linda. It really does brighten up the winter dull drums.

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    January 8, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Oh yum! Thank you – you’ve just solved my dilemma of what to have for dinner! I have all these ingredients at home! Yay. Thanks 🙂

    • Michelle
      January 9, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Oh great! Hope you enjoy it Lucy!

  • Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    January 9, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I’m thinking those four people around your table are lucky folks! The pasta looks amazing!!!

    • Michelle
      January 10, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Thank you Debra, it was a tasty dinner that night.

  • Healing Tomato
    January 10, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I love the colors in this recipe and your farfalle ideas are so great. I finally caught up with OITNB. Love that show!

    • Michelle
      January 11, 2015 at 12:41 am

      I cant wait for the next season.

  • Nicole Neverman
    January 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    This farfalle sounds fantastic! I especially love the sound of that sauce 🙂

    • Michelle
      January 25, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      The sauce is really tasty…I use it in a lot of dishes when I want creamy and cheesy.

  • Marye
    January 26, 2016 at 5:44 am

    This looks so deliciously bright and sunny, it definitely reminds me of summer!

    • Michelle De La Cerda
      January 26, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Yes, I hope dishes like this entice the warmer weather. 😉

  • Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox
    January 26, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I never though to put summer sausage in a pasta dish, I usually just eat it with cheese and crackers. This is genius!

  • Florian @ContetednessCooking
    January 26, 2016 at 8:13 am

    such a comfort dish! Great addition with the veggies.

  • Elena
    January 26, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Two of my favorite things- farfalle and summer sausage! This looks like it’ll hit the spot!

  • Laura
    January 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I love sausage tossed with pasta–this looks awesome! And cheese was totally the way to go at Whole Foods lol…