Sausage Pasta with Peppers & Tomato Sauce

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Sausage pasta is an easy Italian dinner recipe with a rich tomato sauce and sweet red peppers perfect made with pork or veggie sausages and served with a side salad.

Weeknight pasta for the win 🙌

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I love this dish, it’s so comforting and filling. This recipe came about because I was craving my sausage pasta bake but as much as I love that recipe I wanted something even quicker so I threw together this sausage pasta.

I used vegetarian sausages for this recipe because we’re vegetarian during the week but you could easily switch them for pork sausages. You simply need to cook whichever ones you use according to the packet instructions.

The sauce is full of flavour from the balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sugar added before it’s simmered for just 10 minutes or so until it’s thickened and unctuous.

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Why we love this sausage pasta:

  • This can be made with either pork sausages or vegetarian sausages so it’s great if you need a vegetarian recipe
  • It’s so easy to make and just requires a few simple steps
  • It can be easily customised by adding extra veggies to make it even healthier
  • You can prep this dish ahead by making the sauce, cooking the pasta and sausages as part of meal prep and then stirring together and reheating when you’re ready to eat

White bowl of sausage pasta on a marble surface

Close up of sausage pasta with peppers and parmesan

Sausage Pasta Ingredients:

  • Sausages: Use pork or vegetarian or any other type of sausages you like
  • Dried Oregano
  • Red Onion: Finely chopped, use white onions if you prefer
  • Tomato Puree
  • Red Pepper: Or use another colour if you like
  • Pasta: I like rigatoni for this recipe but you could use any cut you like
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Balsamic Vinegar: For an added hint of tangy sweetness
  • Sugar

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Sausage Pasta Instructions:

  1. Cook the sausages and pasta: Cook the sausages according to the packets instructions. Boil the pasta until al dente.
  2. Make the sauce: Fry the onion and pepper over a medium heat then add the garlic, oregano, balsamic and tomato puree followed by the chopped tomatoes and sugar and bring to a simmer.
  3. Finish the dish: Take a mugful of pasta water before draining the pasta. Add the pasta and pasta water to the sauce with the chopped sausages and serve.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

Expert tips for making sausage pasta:

  • Add extra veggies to this pasta if you like. Broccoli or spinach would work really well
  • Use whatever sausages you like. I used vegetarian sausages and they were delicious
  • To make this recipe gluten free simply use your favourite gluten free pasta
  • To make this recipe vegan make sure that your veggie sausages are suitable for vegans and leave off the parmesan when serving

Want more? Try these other pasta recipes!

White bowl of sausage pasta with a striped cloth on a marble surface

Sausage Pasta with Peppers & Tomato Sauce

Sausage pasta is an easy Italian dinner recipe with a rich tomato sauce and sweet red peppers perfect made with pork or veggie sausages and served with a side salad.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 585kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 6 Sausages meat or vegetarian
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • 1 Red Onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 Red Pepper sliced
  • 300 g Rigatoni
  • 1 400g tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Parmesan to serve

Instructions

  • Cook the sausages according to packet instructions. Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta.
  • Heat the oil over a medium heat and add the onion and pepper and cook until softened. Add the garlic, oregano, balsamic and tomato puree and cook for another couple of minutes then pour in the chopped tomatoes, add the sugar and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  • While the sauce cooks add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to packet instructions. Slice the sausages.
  • Remove a mugful of pasta cooking water before draining the pasta. Add the pasta and the mugful of pasta water to the sauce and toss together. Serve with grated parmesan.
Nutrition Facts
Sausage Pasta with Peppers & Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 585 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 1002mg42%
Potassium 617mg18%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 1070IU21%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 30.7mg171%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    03/06/2019 at 10:46 AM

    5 stars
    the photos of that pasta are making me hungry! It looks so delicious. What a simple easy weeknight dinner!

  • Reply
    Helen @ family-friends-food.com
    03/06/2019 at 11:35 AM

    5 stars
    This looks great – just the sort of dish that would be a weeknight dinner hit in our family!

  • Reply
    Demeter
    03/06/2019 at 12:17 PM

    5 stars
    Pasta is always a winner in our house! I love the idea of adding extra veggies since we’ll have to omit the sausage. Looks fantastic!

  • Reply
    Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder
    03/06/2019 at 12:57 PM

    5 stars
    Perfect midweek pasta dinner and your photos look so inviting! I really like recipes which are so easy to adapt to one’s diet and content of the fridge. Delicious!

  • Reply
    Heidy L. McCallum
    03/06/2019 at 12:59 PM

    5 stars
    I enjoy a good American-Italian dish any day of the week. My family ( grandmother/Mother) is originally from Bellosguardo, Italy. Many of the dishes we enjoy here that we would never find in Italy, however, what people do not understand is when families moved here to the states they could not obtain many ingredients they once had access to. Also suddenly they had a new world of many differnt types of meat they once could not access. This is the Italian most of us 1st and 2nd generation grew up on. I made this recipe and it turned out great. The entire family enjoyed it.

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