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Spicy Italian Sausage & Peppers with Penne

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  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 50 min
  • serves: 6 people
  • calories: 486 1 serving

Italian sausage and peppers are an iconic food pairing.  How do you improve on perfection?  Bring some heat!  Spicy Italian Sausage & Peppers with Penne adds perfectly spicy marinara to balance the savory sausage and the sweet bell peppers.  Brown the sausage to bring another layer of flavor, then saute peppers and onions before simmering in the spicy sauce until the flavors are blended.  Toss with some cooked penne (or your favorite pasta shape), sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.  Spicy Italian Sausage & Peppers with Penne is the sausage and peppers reboot you've been waiting for!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet or hot Italian pork sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 medium green pepper and/or red bell peppers, cut into 2-long strips (about 3 cups)
  • 2 medium onion, thickly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cups Prego® Spicy Marinara Italian Sauce
  • 4 cups cooked tube shaped pasta (ziti) or penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Step 1

    Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage in 2 batches and cook until it’s well browned, stirring often. Remove the sausage from the skillet. Pour off any fat.

  • Step 2

    Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining oil. Stir the peppers and onions in the skillet and cook for 5 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Stir the sauce in the skillet. Heat to a boil. Return the sausage to the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Serve over the pasta and sprinkle with the cheese.

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Calories 486
Total Fat 25 g
Sat. Fat 7.0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Sodium 943 mg
Total Carb 44 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugar 9 g
Protein 20 g
Vitamin D 3 %DV
Calcium 9 %DV
Iron 15 %DV
Potassium 15 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.