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One Pot Sausage Peppers Onions Pasta

May 18, 2020 (Last Updated: July 28, 2020)

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Delicious and hearty one pot pasta with sausage, bell peppers and onions. This pasta dish is made with sweet or hot Italian sausage and is perfect for weeknight meals. 

A white bowl filled with pasta with peppers and sausage.

This is one of those dishes that I’ve been making for years. It comes together quickly and is so satisfying. 

Steps to getting this pasta dish on the table

  1. Boil water and cook pasta
  2. Slice onions and peppers
  3. Cook Sausage. Remove from pan when fully cooked. Wipe pan with a paper towel to remove grease.
  4. Add olive oil to pan. Add onions and peppers. Saute over medium high for approximately 5 minutes until softened.
    Fresh onions and red and yellow bell peppers in a pan.
    Onions a peppers cooked in a pan.
  5. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. 
  6. Pour in canned tomatoes and tomato paste and seasoning.
  7. Return sausage and pasta to the pan. Stir gently until pasta is coated with tomato sauce and heated through
    A large pot filled with pasta and a tomato sauce with peppers and onions.

Variations and substitutions 

I often make this dish with ingredients I have on hand. Some regular variations include:

  • Use rigatoni or bow tie pasta instead of penne pasta
  • Use red, yellow or orange bell peppers or a combination of colors
  • If you don’t like hot Italian sausage, use sweet Italian sausage
  • Buy sausage links or bulk sausage
  • For the canned tomatoes, you can use diced, crushed, whole or in a pinch you could also use tomato sauce
  • Use fresh herbs instead of dried
  • Add sauteed mushrooms

An arrangement of uncooked sausage, pasta and fresh onions and bell peppers on a wooden board.

All you need for a complete dinner with this pasta dish is a delicious salad and bread sticks

Tips for making

  • This dish can be made in one pot. Cook the pasta first and then use the same pot to cook the sausage and then the sauce
  • You can also cook the pasta in one pot and cook the sausage and sauce at the same time in another pot
  • Reserve a bit of the pasta water for adding into the sauce
  • If using sausage links, remove the casing before cooking
  • Keep sausage in bite sized chunks when cooking

A white bowl filled with sausage pepper pasta.

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A white bowl filled with pasta with peppers and sausage.

One Pot Sausage Peppers Onions Pasta

Kathy
Italian sausage, bell peppers and onions with penne pasta.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 627 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion (sliced into long strips)
  • 1 whole red bell pepper (sliced into long strips)
  • 1 whole yellow bell pepper (sliced into long strips)
  • 1 can tomato paste (1.5 oz can)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15.5 oz can)
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, boil pasta. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water and set aside
  • In same pot cook place sausage. Break up into large chunks. Cook through.
  • Remove sausage from pan and wipe pan with a paper towel to remove grease.
  • Pour olive oil into pan. Add peppers and onions. Saute for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings. Add 3/4 cup of pasta water (or tap water)
  • Once mixture comes to a simmer, reduce heat and add sausage and pasta
  • Stir and heat through. 
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley or basil

Notes

Tips for making

  • This dish can be made in one pot. Cook the pasta first and then use the same pot to cook the sausage and then the sauce
  • You can also cook the pasta in one pot and cook the sausage and sauce at the same time in another pot
  • Reserve a bit of the pasta water for adding into the sauce
  • If using sausage links, remove the casing before cooking
  • Keep sausage in bite sized chunks when cooking

Variations and substitutions 

I often make this dish with ingredients I have on hand. Some regular variations include:
  • Use rigatoni or bow tie pasta instead of penne pasta
  • Use red, yellow or orange bell peppers or a combination of colors
  • If you don't like hot Italian sausage, use sweet Italian sausage
  • Buy sausage links or bulk sausage
  • For the canned tomatoes, you can use diced, crushed, whole or in a pinch you could also use tomato sauce
  • Use fresh herbs instead of dried
  • Add sauteed mushrooms

Nutrition

Calories: 627kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 23gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 984mgPotassium: 803mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 537IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 4mg
Keyword pasta, peppers, sausage, sausage pasta, Sausage pepper pasta
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This post and recipe was originally published in December 2015. The pictures, post and recipe have all been updated. 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    The-FoodTrotter
    May 25, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    I guess it’s because of my Italian ancestry but I can’t get fed up by pasta and this sauce reminds me of some tomate sauce with sausage and olives! I’m drooling 🙂
    Have a nice day
    TheFood-Trotter

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 25, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      We must think alike – I think there’s nothing wrong with eating pasta daily!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    May 23, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    5 stars
    This is my kind of meal! Weeknights, and otherwise! 🙂 ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 24, 2020 at 5:08 am

      Fast, easy and delicious!

  • Reply
    Alex
    May 22, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    5 stars
    As the weather starts to cool down here in Australia, this is exactly the kind of food I am craving! I love the flavours in this – and I love that it is one pot!

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    May 21, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    5 stars
    I love your recipes! I made this last night and it was delicious! So happy I found you ♥

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 22, 2020 at 6:08 am

      Thank you! So glad you loved this pasta dish!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    May 20, 2020 at 9:54 am

    5 stars
    Such a super comforting dish…and Iove that it’s made in one pot! Perfect for a weeknight supper with some crusty bread!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    May 19, 2020 at 5:05 am

    5 stars
    Your timing on this one is perfect, Kathy! I just noticed that our grocery store has Italian sausage on sale, and I was craving some sort of a dish with sausage. We love all things pasta here, so this is definitely a winner of a recipe! I’m craving it…and it’s just 8am here right now. That says a lot! 🙂

  • Reply
    Adina
    December 21, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    This sounds like a great idea for lunch today, I actually have all the ingredients at home… 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 22, 2015 at 4:42 am

      It would make a great lunch! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    December 21, 2015 at 4:47 am

    This looks absolutely delicious Kathy! Like dinner. But since I was up all last night with 2 sicky kids with strep, I’m going to get husband on this asap!!!! Because you are so right, even with all the craziness, we still have to eat! And we can’t just go to Bob Evans every night. (although very tempting when kids eat free) This meal looks like it will warm up really well for my husbands lunch too since he’s a teacher and won’t eat school lunches.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 21, 2015 at 6:55 am

      This pasta dish is perfect for leftovers. I hope your kiddos get better soon!

  • Reply
    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    December 20, 2015 at 11:51 am

    5 stars
    I love sausage, peppers and onions together, it is one of my favorite combos! I love that you have made it into a one pot meal. If we need anything right now it is easy and delicious dinners!

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