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Italian Turkey Sausage and Pepper Pasta

Points® value
Total Time
40 min
15 min
25 min
Spicy sausage, red wine and fire-roasted tomatoes come together in this ragout-like sauce. Truly hearty and satisfying.


Uncooked turkey sausage

½ pound(s), Italian-style, casings removed

Red wine

4 fl oz

Olive oil

2 tsp(s)

Yellow bell pepper

2 medium, cut into 2-inch long thin strips


1 medium, thinly sliced

Minced garlic

1½ tbsp(s)

Canned crushed tomatoes

28 oz, fire-roasted recommended

Crushed red pepper flakes

½ tsp(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp(s)

Uncooked whole wheat pasta

8 oz, fusilli

Fresh basil

cup(s), fresh, chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, to make sauce, in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage, stirring and breaking up meat with back of a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes; remove to a plate.
  3. Heat oil in same skillet. Add yellow peppers and onion; cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are lightly colored and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add wine and garlic; cook until most of liquid evaporates, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, crushed red pepper, salt and browned sausage; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender and sauce is heated through, about 10 minutes.
  5. While sauce simmers, add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package instructions. Drain pasta; return to pot. Add sauce and basil; toss to mix and coat.
  6. Serving size: 1 1/3 c


The sauce is also good spooned over rice. Toss in some fennel seeds for even greater flavor.