Italian Sausage and Pepper Pasta

Robert and I, along with a group of friends are heading to Pennsylvania this weekend for a snow skiing getaway. Things always seem to get really busy right before leaving town. Bert’s been traveling for work and I’ve been working longer hours so I can get done with work early before our mini vacation begins. Thank goodness I found this recipe this week. It’s fast, easy to make, and very nutritious. Italian sausage, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and fresh basil make this a  fresh and filling dish. It makes tasty leftovers as well.

Happy weekend, everyone! I will be posting about our ski trip next week. 🙂

Italian Sausage and Pepper Pasta

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Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound(s) uncooked turkey sausage(s), Italian-style, casings removed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine (I used Zinfandel)
  • 1 fresh clove of garlic
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 oz whole wheat pasta, uncooked
  • 1/3 fresh basil, chopped
  • Freshly grated parmesan, optional

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, to make sauce, in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage, stirring and breaking up meat with back of a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes; remove to a plate.
  • Heat oil in same skillet. Add peppers and onion; cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are lightly colored and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add wine and garlic; cook until most of liquid evaporates, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, crushed red pepper, salt and browned sausage; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender and sauce is heated through, about 10 minutes.
  • While sauce simmers, add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package instructions. Drain pasta; return to pot. Add sauce and basil; toss to mix and coat. Top with parmesan. Yields about 1 1/3 cups per serving.

Source: Weight Watchers

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