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What's for Dinner?: One Pan Italian Sausage and Pepper Pasta
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What's for Dinner?: One Pan Italian Sausage and Pepper Pasta

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In my never-ending quest for quick, healthy, and tasty weeknight meals, I find myself referring more to Pinterest and a few favourite food bloggers and less to the collection of cookbooks I've built over the years.

Which is how I stumbled across this recipe at Iowa Girl Eats.  I made some minor changes to accommodate what I had on hand, and increased the quantities to allow for many teenagers feeding at the same time.  I ended up with an amazing dish that everyone ate, it took me less than an hour to make, and I only dirtied one pan....and a cutting board...and a knife... and a spatula.

2 packages Italian sausage, 10 sausages total
1/4 cup water
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 large white Vidalia onion, or one small cooking onioin, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth 
3 cups marinara sauce
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp crushed chili pepper 
1/4 tsp thyme
1 lb / 900 g penne pasta

one pan italian sausage pasta

one pan italian sausage pasta

Cook the sausages in a large pan, this will feed eight people....unless you cut the quantities in half.  Once they start to brown, pour in 1/4 cup of water so they don't blacken and stick to the pan.  While they're cooking, slice up your peppers and onions.  When the sausages are cooked through, remove to a plate or cutting board.

one pan italian sausage pasta

Sauté the peppers and onions in the same pan that the sausages cooked it.  Don't clean it...you want to keep those pan flavours.  When the veggies are crisp tender, add the garlic and sauté for another minute or so.  Salt and pepper to taste.

one pan italian sausage pasta

Pour in the chicken broth (I used turkey broth) and a good quality, authentic marinara sauce.  This is not the time to be opening up the Ragu or the Prego.  I used a jar of the White Linen Marinara Sauce from Costco. Stir in the spices and bring the mixture to a boil.  Add the pasta and ensure it is entirely covered by the liquid. Cut the cooked sausages into quarters and place them on on top of the rest of the ingredients in the pan. Cover and simmer 8-10 minutes until the pasta is cooked al dente. Stir and serve, with or without some shredded cheese or shaved parmesan on top. :)

See more delicious and wholesome recipes from Jennifer at her blog, Jenn's Random Scraps!

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