Italian Sausage Pasta with Peppers

5 from 11 votes

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Italian Sausage Pasta is an easy weeknight meal that is laced with peppers, broccoli, garlic, Italian Sausage, and marinara!

Here lies a super simple Italian Sausage Pasta dinner! It’s filled with veggies, Italian Sausage, and a yummy tomato sauce. You could definitely make this in one pot if you had a little extra time to cook the pasta first and then the sauce, but I like to divide and conquer with a pot for my pasta and then a large skillet for my sauce. Perfect for a great and easy weeknight meal for any workday.

Italian Sausage Pasta

Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this delicious Italian Sausage Pasta dish. The best part? You probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry already! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pasta – I used Rotini, but feel free to use what you have on hand.
  • Sweet Italian Sausage – the slight sweetness helps balance out the more pungent flavors. If you love mild or spicy Italian sausage, try using that instead. If you don’t have or want to use Italian Sausage, feel free to leave it out or use a replacement like chicken. My only caution is you’ll miss out on a bunch of the spices, flavorings and fat content found in Italian Sausage. So basically, I am not liable for you switching the recipe up. Haha!
  • Onion and Garlic – two ingredients that make any dish 10 times better.
  • Bell Peppers – I used yellow and red for their sweeter flavor.
  • Marinara Sauce – this is store-bought but if you are feeling up to it you can make your own from scratch.
  • Oregano and Basil – two herbs to really give it that Italian flavor.
  • Broccoli Florets – if you don’t have broccoli OR peppers, you can use different veggies, based on what you have on hand. As long as you dice them small enough, they should cook no problem in the 35-minute total-time. Carrots, yellow squash, zucchini or cauliflower are all great options. You’ll need about 2 cups total.
  • Parmesan Cheese – to garnish, optional but highly suggested.

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How to Make Italian Sausage Pasta

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta until al dente and drain. Set aside.
  2. While pasta is cooking, break apart Italian Sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in onion and garlic. Stir. Once Sausage is completely browned, add in bell peppers. Cook another 2 minutes to soften slightly.
  3. Pour in marinara sauce, water and spices. Add in broccoli, if desired. Stir and simmer covered for about 10 minutes, OR until broccoli is cooked to your liking.
  4. Toss with cooked pasta and top with parmesan cheese. Serve Italian Sausage Pasta immediately.
Italian Sausage Pasta

Links and Tips

Like I mentioned above, you can make this Italian Sausage Pasta recipe in one pot; it just has to be a big pot! (This is one of the bigger pots I have and use.) Boil the pasta first and drain. Then replace the hot pot to the stove and cook the sauce.

OR, if you’re on a time crunch, just use a pot and a big skillet. This is the skillet I have and used for this recipe, as pictured above.

Just as a side note, I have these potholders and they are THE BOMB. You can sort of see them in the pictures (I have them in green.)

Italian Sausage Pasta

More Pasta Recipes to Try!

This Italian Sausage Pasta recipe was a winner at our house. Tasty Italian flavors with vegetables laced throughout.

Be sure to print this recipe to have on hand 🙂 Enjoy, friends!

5 from 11 votes

Italian Sausage and Peppers Pasta

Italian Sausage and Peppers Pasta is an easy weeknight meal that is laced with peppers, broccoli, garlic, Italian Sausage, and marinara!
servings 5 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pasta
  • 1 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets optional
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta until al dente and drain. Set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking, break apart Italian Sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in onion and garlic. Stir. Once Sausage is completely browned, add in bell peppers. Cook another 2 minutes to soften slightly.
  • Pour in marinara sauce, water and spices. Add in broccoli, if desired. Stir and simmer covered for about 10 minutes, OR until broccoli is cooked to your liking.
  • Toss with cooked pasta and top with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 709kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1394mg | Potassium: 1046mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 825IU | Vitamin C: 69.1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 4.1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Sausage Peppers Pasta
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34 Responses
  1. Nicole Capizzi

    Definitely making this but will use Italian turkey Sausage. Always trying to make meals a little healthier.

  2. Lindsay

    5 stars
    Made this last week. Always looking for easy weeknight dinners my 3 year old will eat and this made the cut. Will be making this again for sure!

  3. MaryJo

    5 stars
    Hi. I made this tonight without the broccoli because no one at our house likes it. I served it with a big salad instead. It was great! Very tasty, and quick to put together. I will definitely make this again!

  4. Leigh

    5 stars
    I made this recipe last week and it was DELICIOUS! With just my husband and me at home, it fed us for several meals and tasted just as great reheated as it did fresh, which, as someone who usually hates leftovers, was wonderful! Thanks for a keeper!!

  5. Lisa

    5 stars
    I am so excited to try this new recipe tonight. I have had it sitting out on my counter for a week now. I must mention that Eddie’s pictures make me laugh. I love his eyes. Thank you for making my life easier by sharing your recipes.

  6. Eleni D.

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious!! It was one of the first dinners after my husband and I got married – he said it was a keeper!! Thank you!!!

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  9. sherri

    5 stars
    I will be making this today for Sunday dinner. However, I am putting all of the ingredients (other than the pasta) into the crock pot on low for a few hours. I think maybe the flavors will blend pretty well that way. I will let everyone know how I thought it came out in the crock!

  10. Steven Owsiany

    I haven’t made it yet but do have some questions before I do. Did the green peppers stand out to much? That is one thing I never liked about green peppers except in very specific dishes? Also, has anyone replaced the sweet sausage with spicy sausage? I am a big fan of spicy sausage due to the seasonings used brings out a marinara when I incorporate it. I am not a fan of exchanging ingredients on a first try but I was curious to know the results of anyone has.

    1. Mike Crist

      5 stars
      I use hot sausage and no broccoli. I also cook onion and peppers for about 8 minutes before adding marinara sauce. Green peppers can be a little bitter. I use red, yellow and orange.

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