Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage and Bell Peppers

Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage and Bell Peppers

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total: 30 min
  • Serving: 6 Servings

Use either sweet or spicy Italian pork sausage for this flavorful and hearty dish. Serve with a bottle of Chianti Classico or an Italian Pinot Grigio.

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  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 12 ounces fresh sweet or hot Italian pork sausages, removed from casing
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 can (2-ounces) crushed tomatoes with basil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, return to pot and cover to keep warm.
  2. In the meantime, place the sausage into a large sauté pan and cook over medium heat until browned. Crumble with a wooden spoon and then transfer to a plate.
  3. Place the olive oil into the pan along with the pepper s and onion. Sauté the mixture for 5 minutes and then add the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute. Return the sausage to the pan and then add the tomatoes and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer; cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the sauce over the hot pasta, toss to combine and then serve immediately.


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