Penne with Sausage & Peppers

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Penne with Sausage & Peppers

Penne with Sausage & Peppers

Toss Italian sausage, bell peppers and onion with jarred marinara for a quick and easy supper. Make it a meal: Serve with sautéed broccoli seasoned with a touch of anchovy and garlic.

Serves 6

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 40 min.


  • 6 ounces sweet or hot Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds,crushed
  • 1 16-ounce j marinara sauce
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound whole-wheat penne, or ziti
  • 6 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.

Step 2

Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces, until no pink remains, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels; wipe out the pan.

Step 3

Heat oil in the pan over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and fennel seeds and cook for 1 minute more. Add marinara sauce and the cooked sausage. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Meanwhile, cook penne (or ziti) in boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and place in a large warm bowl. Add the sauce and toss to coat. Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley.