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Penne with peppers and sausage

6
6
4
Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
35 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
20 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
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.

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.

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