Pasta with Smoked Sausage and Peppers

Pasta with Smoked Sausage and Peppers

This is a quick weeknight pasta dish that couldn't be any easier to prepare. Fully-cooked smoked sausage, tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, and your favorite cut of pasta combine for a simple but satisfying one-dish main course. A green salad on the side rounds out the meal.

Pasta with Smoked Sausage and Peppers

  • Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces rotini, penne, rigatoni or other ridged pasta
  • 8 ounces smoked sausage (fully cooked), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:
Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onion. Sauté until soft and translucent, 2 to 3 minutes, then add the garlic. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant and soft, about 2 minutes more.

Add the red and green pepper to the pan and continue cooking just until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and smoked sausage. Bring to a simmer and cook just until the sausage is heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Remove from the heat and add the pasta, tossing to mix well and coat with the sauce. Allow to stand for a few minutes before serving.

Makes 4 servings

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