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Penne with Peppers and Sausage

Total Time
35 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
20 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
This recipe is full of tasty stuff: spicy sausage, sauteed vegetables and Parmesan cheese. Use the sausage mixture as a sandwich, omelet or baked potato filling.
Ingredients

cooking spray

1 spray(s)

green pepper(s)

2 medium, cut into thin strips

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, thinly sliced

fresh mushroom(s)

1 cup(s), sliced

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

uncooked turkey sausage(s)

1 pound(s), spicy-Italian flavor

crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp

table salt

¼ tsp

black pepper

tsp, freshly ground

dried oregano

tsp, crushed

canned diced tomatoes

14½ oz

cooked whole wheat pasta

3 cup(s), penne, kept hot

grated Parmesan cheese

6 Tbsp

Instructions

  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set pan over medium-high heat. Add green pepper, onion, mushrooms and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until almost tender, about 7 to 8 minutes.
  2. Remove turkey from casings; add turkey to skillet and brown until no longer pink, stirring occasionally, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 6 minutes. Add red pepper flakes, salt, black pepper and oregano; stir in tomatoes. Simmer until heated through and to allow flavors to blend, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon penne into a deep serving bowl; top with sausage mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.
Notes
During busy weeknights, streamline the preparation using frozen bell pepper strips or frozen diced bell pepper strips and onions.Use a high quality Parmesan cheese for maximum flavor. Just a small amount can completely transform your favorite Italian recipes.

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