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Pasta with Sausage and Peppers

13 May 2022 By Aleksandra

This pasta with sausage and peppers makes an easy weeknight dish. It comes together in no time (30 minutes!) and it’s so good. Crispy browned sausage, lots of vegetables, and cheesy tomato sauce. It’s really good and reheats well!

Pasta with sausage and bell peppers in a white bowl.

Ingredients

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe. For the measurements and detailed instructions scroll down to the printable recipe card.

Here’s what you need to make this delicious pasta dish:

Labeled ingredients for pasta with sausage and peppers.
  • sausage – you can use mild/hot Italian sausage or Polish sausage (pictured)
  • bell peppers – preferably colorful
  • pasta – any kind, best would be penne or spirals (fusilli)
  • crushed tomatoes – diced tomatoes would also work but crushed tomatoes are better because they will disintegrate into sauce more quickly
  • chicken broth
  • parmesan cheese – grate the cheese yourself for a better flavor
  • seasonings: fresh garlic, red pepper flakes for some heat, onion, lemon juice to brighten up the sauce (alternative: a splash of dry white wine), and basil (I used dried but fresh would also be great)
  • to make a creamy pasta you could add a splash of cream to the sauce

How to make it step by step

Chopped ingredients for pasta on a chopping board. Browned sliced sausage in a pan.

STEP 1: Cook the pasta (12oz/340g) al dente according to the package instructions (it should have a bite to it). Cook the pasta in a large pot – it will be easier later to combine all the ingredients for this dish. Drain the pasta and leave it in the pot.

Prepare all the ingredients: cut the sausage (1lb/450g) into thin slices, dice the onion (1 large), cut the bell peppers (3) into strips, finely chop 6 cloves of garlic (using a knife, do not use a garlic press or the garlic flavor may be too harsh), grate the Parmesan (1 cup/90g) on the small holes of a box grater.

STEP 2: Heat the oil (2 Tbsp) in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage until browned and crispy on both sides. Transfer to a plate.

Sauteed bell peppers in a pan. Sauteed onions with garlic in a pan.

STEP 3: Add the bell peppers, cook them over high heat until softened but still crunchy and a little bit browned. Transfer to a plate (don’t cook the peppers in the sauce so that they stay crunchy).

STEP 4: Add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes until softened. Add garlic, 1 ts basil, and 1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) red pepper flakes. Cook for 30 seconds.

Tomato sauce in a pan. All ingredients for pasta in a pot.

STEP 5: Add 1 can of crushed tomatoes and 1 cup of chicken broth. Cook the sauce for about 15 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste.

STEP 6: Add the sauce to the pot with pasta along with cooked peppers, grated Parmesan, and cooked sausage. Stir everything together. Season with more salt and pepper if necessary, and lemon juice (2 ts).

If you’d like to retain the crispiness of the sausage, you can just top your pasta with it instead of tossing it with the other ingredients (it will soften a bit when combined with the sauce).

Enjoy!

Pasta with sausage and bell peppers in a large white pot.

Storage

I made a big batch of this pasta because it reheats really well. Store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

I haven’t tried freezing it but I bet it would also freeze beautifully.

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A close up photo of sausage pepper pasta in a white bowl.

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Pasta with Sausage and Peppers

This pasta with sausage and peppers makes an easy weeknight dish. It comes together in no time (30 minutes!) and it’s so good. Crispy browned sausage, lots of vegetables, and cheesy tomato sauce. It’s really good and reheats well!
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Sausage and bell pepper pasta in a white plate.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 532kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (340g) penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 lb (450g) sausage, Italian or Polish sausage
  • 3 bell peppers preferably colorful
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 90g
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta al dente according to the package instructions (it should have a bite to it). Cook the pasta in a large pot – it will be easier later to combine all the ingredients for this dish. Drain the pasta and leave it in the pot.
  • Prepare all the ingredients: cut the sausage into thin slices, dice the onion, cut the bell peppers into strips, finely chop garlic (using a knife, do not use a garlic press or the garlic flavor may be too harsh), grate the Parmesan on the small holes of a box grater.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage until browned and crispy on both sides. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add the bell peppers, cook them over high heat until softened but still crunchy and a little bit browned. Transfer to a plate (don’t cook the peppers in the sauce so that they stay crunchy).
  • Add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes until softened. Add garlic, basil, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add crushed tomatoes and chicken broth. Cook the sauce for about 15 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the sauce to the pot with pasta along with cooked peppers, grated Parmesan, and cooked sausage. Stir everything together. Season with more salt and pepper if necessary, and lemon juice.
  • If you’d like to retain the crispiness of the sausage, you can just top your pasta with it instead of tossing it with the other ingredients. If you’d like to retain the crispiness of the sausage, you can just top your pasta with it instead of tossing it with the other ingredients (it will soften a bit when combined with the sauce).
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Calories = 1 serving (1/6 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Annette
    12 October 2022 at 00:19

    5 stars
    Your pasta recipe was delicious, hubby agreed & said it was worthy of opening a bottle of wine. Now that’s a complement! I found your recipe after googling ingredients I had on hand. I added mushrooms I wanted to use up, deglazed pan w/white wine vinegar & used my garden tomatoes. Your photo caught my eye and it was simple recipe to follow & adjust. Thankyou! Yummy!

    • Reply
      Aleksandra
      12 October 2022 at 13:33

      I’m so glad you liked it, thank you for leaving the comment and photo!

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