Pasta With Sausage & Peppers

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Pasta with Sausage & Peppers combines sausage, bell peppers, onions, and crushed tomatoes with pasta and seasonings to make a flavorful, quick dish.

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bowtie pasta with sausage and peppers

This is definitely one of our go-to dishes for an easy dinner. I almost always have these ingredients on hand so when we’re trying to figure out what to have for dinner, this dish quickly comes to mind.

Adding sausage and peppers to this tomato-based pasta dish is a great way to spice it up a little. I love spaghetti and meat sauce, but there’s always room for a change once in awhile.

bowtie pasta with sausage and peppers

Ingredients In This Dish

I love making this pasta dish because it has mostly ingredients that I already have in the pantry so I don’t have to put too much thought into it. It’s a quick and easy dish to put together.

  • Pasta – I used Farfalle pasta (bowties) in this dish, but you can use any pasta you like. Penne, Ziti, Fusilli, and Rigatoni work really well.
  • Sausage – I used Vienna sausage in this dish, but the sausage is really your choice. Italian, Polish, German, Vienna, even brats work well in this dish. If you like crumbled sausage, you can even use ground sausage meat instead.
  • Peppers – Red or yellow bell peppers are a great choice for this dish because they are a little bit sweet. You can use green peppers, but it will have a stronger, less sweet profile.
  • Onion – The onions are optional, but I think they add a great depth of flavor. I just use a typical yellow onion. Sweet onions would be a great choice too.
  • Crushed tomato – You’ll need one can of crushed tomatoes for the sauce. I almost always use crushed, but I’ve used chopped or diced tomatoes too and they’re just as good. If you like Italian flavors, you could also use Italian-seasoned canned tomatoes.
  • Spices: Paprika, garlic salt, onion powder, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper – These seasonings add a lot of great flavor to the dish without overpowering with one specific taste.
  • Garlic – If you want to add garlic to the dish, the amount is entirely up to you. I rarely add more than a clove, but some people really love their garlic.
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How to Make Pasta With Sausage & Peppers

Start by cooking the pasta according to the package instructions, then drain and set aside. You’ll add them to the sauce in about 5 minutes. 

Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, put the bell peppers, onions, and sausage into the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the peppers start to soften. Don’t leave it to cook for too long – the onion can burn or the veggies can get soggy.

sausage, peppers and onions on a cutting board

Pour in the chopped tomatoes and sprinkle on the seasonings. Add the garlic. Stir the whole dish well to incorporate the seasonings. Give it a taste. If it needs additional salt for your taste, add a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Next add the farfalle to the pan, stir and cook on medium heat for another 3-5 minutes. The sauce will start to coat the farfalle and everything will start to meld together. Give the peppers a taste and make sure they’re at your desired level of crunch.

Serve the pasta with red pepper flakes for additional spice, if you want. You could also sprinkle on some fresh Parmesan cheese, if you like it.

bowtie pasta with sausage and peppers

What Type of Sausages to Use

This is the big question with this recipe. What sausages to use. You can really use just about any sausage that you like. If you have one you really like, definitely use it in this recipe.

bowtie pasta with sausage and peppers on a fork

I use Vienna sausages because it’s what I can easily get where I live. Italian sausage is great because it has additional flavor. You can also use something like Jimmy Dean spicy ground sausage. Really anything goes.

The only thing to be aware of is the size of the sausages. The Vienna sausage I use is rather long, at least 10″, so I use 2 sausages for 4 servings. You might need to use 3 sausages for 4 servings if your sausages are smaller.

What Type of Pasta to Use

I think farfalle is the perfect pasta to use in this dish because it’s about the same size as the other elements and can be eaten easily, but it’s definitely not the only type of pasta that works. You can use penne, ziti, fusilli, or even spaghetti. Whatever pasta you have on hand is the best to use.

How Can I Spice This Up?

If you like some extra heat, there are a few ways you can spice up this Pasta with Sausage and Peppers. The easiest way is to use spicy sausage. That will give a great kick to the spiciness of the dish. You can also add spicy red peppers, in addition to the bell peppers. Or add some red pepper flakes to the final dish.

Alternatives & Variations

There are many ways you can change up this recipe to make it suit what you like. Here are a few ideas:

  • Make it spicy. Swap out the sausage with a spicy Italian sausage & add red chili flakes.
  • Make it creamy: Pour some heavy cream into the tomato sauce as it simmers to give it a slight creaminess.
  • Using chicken or turkey sausage: If you don’t want to use pork sausage, there are many other options, like chicken or turkey – even some flavored chicken sausages. Or you can use a plant based alternative.

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bowtie pasta with sausage and peppers

Pasta with Sausage and Peppers

Pasta with sausage & peppers combines sausage, bell peppers, onions, and crushed tomatoes with pasta and seasonings to make a flavorful, quick dish.
4.25 from 12 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta, Sausage
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 503kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces dried farfalle pasta or penne
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1-2 sausages thick sliced (Italian, Polish, Vienna)
  • 14.5 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. When hot, put the bell peppers, onions, and sausage into the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until peppers start to soften.
  • Pour in the chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle on the seasonings and add the garlic. Stir to coat.
  • Add the farfalle to the pan, stir and cook on medium heat for another 3-5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 864mg | Potassium: 872mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2272IU | Vitamin C: 100mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 4mg

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