Penne, Sausage and Peppers is an easy, yummy meal! Italian sausage, onions, spices and red/green bell peppers in pasta, topped with Parmesan!
Penne, Sausage and Peppers is an easy, yummy meal! Italian sausage, onions, spices and red/green bell peppers in pasta, topped with Parmesan!

Simple and delicious is how I would describe this recipe for penne, sausage and peppers I’m sharing here today. I found this recipe almost 7 years ago in a magazine I subscribed to at the time. It’s filling, and my husband and I enjoy it a lot.

Italian sausage is the star of this recipe, and you can use either sweet milk Italian sausage or spicy hot Italian sausage, whichever you prefer. The other ingredients are red and green bell peppers, onion, olive oil and a couple of Italian spices. That’s it! Here’s how to make this easy dish:

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Cook The Italian Sausage

Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Remove the Italian sausage from their casings (if using links), and place the meat into the skillet. Cook the sausage for about 5-6 minutes, stirring to break up the chunks.

Once the sausage is lightly browned and no longer pink, it is done cooking. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the meat to a plate (letting grease drain back into skillet). Leave 1 Tablespoon of the grease remaining in the skillet, and discard the rest.

Italian sausage is crumbled and cooked in skillet.Once the Italian sausage is cooked and no longer pink, it is removed from the skillet.

Cook The Onions And Bell Peppers

On Medium heat, cook the onions, peppers and spices in reserved Tablespoon of oil/grease left in the skillet. Continue to cook, (stirring occasionally) for 10-12 minutes, or until the veggies are tender.

Red and green bell peppers, onions and spices are cooked in the skillet.

Add the cooked Italian sausage back into the skillet, and toss to combine all ingredients. Take a little bite, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Cooked Italian sausage is added back into skillet with cooked peppers and onions.

Prepare The Pasta And Finish The Dish

Prepare the penne pasta according to the package directions (usually around 10-11 minutes). Once done, reserve and set aside 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water, and drain off the rest. Place the drained pasta back into the pan, and add the sausage and peppers mixture.

Pour in the reserved 1/2 cup of hot starchy pasta water, and toss, to combine all the ingredients. The water will help to moisten the pasta, because there is no sauce. Don’t worry… it won’t be “soupy”. That hot pasta will quickly absorb almost all the hot water as you toss the ingredients together. Cook, stirring often until heated through (about a minute).

Penne pasta is cooked in large pan, according to package instructions, then drained.After draining pasta, the peppers, onions and sausage are added to the pasta in pan.

Serving The Penne, Sausage and Peppers

Once heated through, place portions onto serving plates or into bowls. Top each portion of the penne, sausage and peppers with grated Parmesan cheese, and serve immediately while hot. 

The onions, peppers and sausage provide great flavor to this simple dish, and I’m sure you will enjoy it. TIP: Leftovers can be easily microwaved, but you may need to add a tiny bit of olive oil or hot water to re-hydrate the pasta before re-heating.

A portion of penne, sausage and peppers is topped with Parmesan cheese and served.

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Recipe adapted from: Jodi Braun, via “All You” magazine, November 2015 edition, page 64.

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Penne, Sausage and Peppers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Penne, Sausage and Peppers is an easy, yummy meal! Italian sausage, onions, spices and red/green bell peppers in pasta, topped with Parmesan!

Category: Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, penne, sausage and peppers
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 442 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ pound Italian sausage (sweet or hot) removed from casings (approx. 3 links)
  • ½ large green bell pepper seeded, thinly sliced
  • ½ large red bell pepper seeded, thinly sliced
  • ½ medium yellow onion thinly sliced (top to bottom)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Grated Parmesan for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Remove sausage from casings (if using links); place meat in skillet. Cook 5-6 minutes, stirring to break up chunks, cooking until meat is no longer pink. Use slotted spoon to transfer sausage to a plate (let grease drain into skillet). Leave 1 Tablespoon of the grease in skillet; discard the rest.

  2. On Medium heat, cook onions, peppers and spices in reserved oil/grease in skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10-12 minutes, until veggies are tender.

  3. Add cooked sausage to veggies; toss to combine. Take a taste; season with salt and pepper, if desired.

  4. Prepare pasta according to pkg. directions (usually 10-11 minutes). Once done, reserve/set aside 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water; drain off the rest. Place drained pasta back into pan; add sausage/peppers. Pour in reserved 1/2 cup of hot starchy pasta water. Toss to combine. Cook, stirring often until heated through (about a minute).

  5. Transfer to serving plates; garnish portions with grated Parmesan cheese, and serve hot. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Can substitute rotini, farfalle or bow-tie pasta for the penne, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Penne, Sausage and Peppers
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 420mg18%
Potassium 381mg11%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 722IU14%
Vitamin C 45mg55%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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