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Sausage and Peppers Pasta

I’ve had quite a full plate lately! Between my internship, spending time with my siblings, and working on an important side project (hint: it involves an upcoming family business venture!), I haven’t had any spare time. But there’s always time for food!

This is the first time I’ve made this sausage and peppers dish for my Atlanta family, but Jason and I have it in Williamsburg all the time. It’s quick, it’s delicious, and it’s pretty much a whole meal in a bowl.


Sausage and Peppers Pasta

by Lauren

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Keywords: entree Italian


Ingredients (serves 10-12)

  • 1 1/2 lbs. Italian sausage
  • 4 c. bell peppers of various colors
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 1/2 lbs. penne pasta
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 40 oz. jarred marinara
  • 1/4 c. shredded parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of water and a tablespoon of salt to a boil on medium-high heat.

While waiting for the water to boil, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Slice the sausage into bite-size pieces and add them to the hot pan.

While the sausage is cooking, cut your bell peppers and onion into thin slices.

Cook the sausage until it begins to brown and you don’t see any more pink areas.

Remove the sausage to a plate (leave about a tablespoon or so of the grease behind and drain any extra).

Return the empty pan to the heat and add the bell peppers and onions.

Sautee the peppers and onions until they are soft and begin to brown.

Return the sausage to the pan, stir, and allow everything to cook together on medium-low heat for a few minutes.

Add the pasta to the boiling water, cook it to al dente, and drain. Stir in the olive oil to coat.

In a large pot (I just used the empty pasta pot), heat the marinara until simmering over medium heat. Add the pasta and all the contents of the sausage skillet into the pot. Stir well to combine.

Serve hot with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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You can use whole wheat pasta and add even more veggies (spinach would be great!) to make this a healthier meal. The pasta is delicious all on it’s own and I was very pleased with this veggie marinara from Costco!

We had a salad on the side and since the pasta wasn’t whole wheat (my little bro and sis aren’t huge fans of ww pasta) I compensated by heating up a loaf of multigrain bread.

Sausage is always a crowd pleaser in this house. :)

Thanks for reading!


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  • Darlene June 19, 2012, 9:23 pm

    It looks delicious!

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