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Penne with peppers and sausage

Total Time
35 min
15 min
20 min
This penne pasta recipe is full of tasty ingredients that you and whomever you're serving this dish to will find simply irresistible: spicy sausage, whole wheat pasta, sautéed vegetables, and Parmesan cheese. You can use the sausage mixture as a sandwich, omelet, or baked potato filling as well. During busy weeknights, streamline the preparation by using frozen bell pepper strips or frozen diced bell pepper strips and onions. Just be sure to buy a high-quality Parmesan cheese for maximum flavor (that goes for basically any recipe that calls for Parmesan). Just a small amount can completely transform your favorite Italian recipes.


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


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


  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.