Spicy Sausage-and-Pepper Rotini

Searching for a quick and easy (and delicious) Italian dinner recipe? Look no further. Your family will fall in love with this Spicy Sausage-and-Pepper Rotini recipe. The Italian sausage gives this dish a spicy kick and the red and green peppers add color. It's perfect weeknight meal.

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living Cooking School

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  • 1 (16-ounce) box rotini pasta
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, crumbled
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup diced shallots (about 1 to 2 shallots)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. 1. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. 2. Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink. Remove from pan; drain. Wipe skillet clean.
  3. 3. Sauté peppers and shallots in same skillet in 2 tablespoons hot oil over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes, broth, and sausage; cook 3 minutes or until tomatoes are tender and mixture thickens slightly.
  4. 4. Remove from heat; add cooked pasta to tomato mixture, and toss. Transfer to a serving bowl; sprinkle with cheese and parsley.
  5. Note: For spicier flavor, sprinkle with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper.
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