Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sausage and Pepper Pasta - Recipe

Sassy Wine Belly - Sausage and Peppers Pasta Sauce

Makes 6 servings.

  • 1 T organic EEVO
  • 12 oz sausage links, preferably Italian
  • 2 organic bell peppers, any color, thinly sliced (I prefer green, orange, and yellow as the tomatoes provide the red in the sauce)
  • 1 medium organic onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves organic garlic, minced
  • 28 oz organic diced or crushed tomatoes, or a combination of both
  • ½ T organic dried basil (or 12 leaves fresh basil, washed and torn into small pieces)
  • ½ T organic dried oregano
  • ¼ t organic crushed red pepper
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 lb penne pasta (or any shape you prefer)

  • Add the vegetable oil and unsliced sausage links to a large pan and cook over medium heat until the sausage is browned and firm enough to slice. It doesn't have to be cooked through at this point. If the sausage is pre-cooked, omit this step.
  • While the sausage is cooking, slice the bell peppers and onions, and mince the garlic. 
  • Once the sausage is browned, remove it from the pot and add the peppers, onions, and garlic. Let them cook while you slice the sausage into thin medallions.
  • After the peppers and onions have softened, return the sliced sausage to the pot along with the diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Stir to combine and continue to cook over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta for 6 minutes less than the instructions on the package. Slightly undercooking the pasta allows it to continue to cook and soak up liquid once added to the pot with the sausage and peppers.
  • Once the pasta is finished cooking, drain it in a colander and then add it to the pot with the sausage and peppers. 
  • Stir to combine, place a lid on top, and allow the pasta to cook in the pepper sauce for about 5 more minutes, or until it has absorbed most of the liquid in the pot. Add about a half teaspoon of salt, taste, and add more if needed.

Sassy Wine Belly - Sausage and Peppers Pasta

  • If you prefer more veggies, add more! If you want more sausage, add more! If you prefer vegetarian sausage, use it instead of Italian sausage. Modify freely!


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