Photo: Kate Sears
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 6

Name: Jodi Braun

Age: 50

Job: Skin-care specialist

Hometown: Reading, Pa.

Also at her table: Her husband, Harry

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook penne until al dente, approximately 9 minutes or as package label directs. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.

Step 2

Warm oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring to break up chunks, until no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove sausage to a plate, and pour off all but 1 Tbsp. fat.

Step 3

In same skillet, cook peppers, onion and seasonings over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 12 minutes. Add sausage to pepper mixture; cook, stirring, until warmed through, about 30 seconds. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Step 4

Add sausage mixture to pasta. Toss to combine, adding cooking liquid as necessary to moisten. Serve hot, topped with Parmesan if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Delicious & easy

September 11, 2016
I made this last night thinking I would be the only one who liked it. I was pleasantly surprised, my husband and both kids loved it! Of course one kid picked out the green peppers & the other picked out the red but they loved the overall flavor of the dish. I followed the recipe however, it takes longer to brown sausage than they state and the peppers do not need to cook for 12 minutes (unless you like them mushy).