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Sausage & Peppers Pasta


  • 8 ounces rigatoni or short pasta of choice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage (or Bradley’s)
  • 1 large bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • up to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • one 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • salt & ground black pepper, to season
  • for serving, as desired: grated parmesan, finely chopped fresh basil or chopped fresh parsley


  1. Boil the pasta: Generously season a large pot of water with salt & bring to a boil. Add pasta & cook until the pasta is under al dente. Drain the pasta but reserve 1 cup of the water.
  2. Brown the sausage & peppers: Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot add the sausage, bell pepper, & onion, seasoning with 1 teaspoon salt & ground black pepper as desired. Break the sausage into bite-sized crumbles, cook 5-7 minutes. The sausage should brown nicely & the veggies should soften. Add garlic & crushed red pepper flakes, cooking 1 minute longer.
  3. Build the tomato sauce: Stir the tomato paste into the skillet, coating the sausage & veggies. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Deglaze the pan by slowly pouring in the white wine, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits that may have formed on the bottom of the pan. Once the wine is almost cooked off, stir in crushed tomatoes & parmesan. Bring the mixture up to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low. Let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, to thicken slightly & build flavor. Taste & adjust seasoning accordingly.
  4. Finish the pasta: Once the sausage & peppers have simmered in the tomato sauce, add the pasta & toss to coat. If the mixture is too thick, add a little reserved pasta water. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, allowing the pasta to meld with & absorb some of the tomato sauce. Remove from the heat.
  5. Serve topped with additional grated parmesan, chopped basil or parsley.

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