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Hearty Sausage and Pepper Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Hearty Sausage and Pepper Pasta with Tomato Sauce

A quick weeknight pasta dinner, packed with protein and veggies.

Serves: 6 Save

Ingredients (12)

  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • ¾ lb Italian Sausage Links
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 28 oz Canned Plum Tomatoes
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 lb Penne Pasta
  • or 1 lb Rigatoncini Pasta
  • ½ cup Fresh Basil
  • 6 T Grated Parmesan Cheese
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Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage. Cook until browned, about 4 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp fat.
  2. Add bell peppers. Cook over medium heat until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 1 minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, breaking up tomatoes with a spoon, until sauce thickens, 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. Return sausage to pan; cook 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in pasta.
  7. Top with torn basil leaves and grated Parmesan cheese.