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Penne With Sausage and Pepper Sauce

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 2 cups)
If your little ones balk at even this mildly spicy sausage, substitute equal amounts of chicken sausage or leftover pork.


  • 1 pound penne
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, very thinly sliced
  • 2 green peppers, or 1 red and 1 green, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water or dry white wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Cook the penne according to package directions. Meanwhile, place the sausage in a large skillet filled with about 1/2 inch of water; simmer over high heat for 9 minutes.

  2. While the sausage cooks, heat half of the oil over medium heat in another large skillet. Add the onion, the peppers, and half of the basil. Sauté for 9 minutes, stirring frequently.

  3. Remove the sausage from the skillet with a slotted spoon; add it, with the remaining oil, to the onion-pepper mixture; cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, water or wine, salt and pepper, and remaining basil; simmer over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

  4. Toss the penne with the sausage and pepper sauce, and serve.