Penne, Peppers, and Chicken-Apple Sausage Saute


This recipe originated with my son, who makes it with very spicy chicken sausages. I loved it so much that I adapted it to suit our taste. Because my husband prefers less spicy food, I use milder chicken-apple sausage. This is one of our favorite dinners.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
24 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 sweet red peppers, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves cloves garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press

  • 5 links precooked chicken and apple sausage, sliced into 1/4-thick rounds

  • 3 (16 ounce) packages penne pasta

  • garlic and herb seasoning blend (such as Mrs. Dash®) to taste

  • sea salt to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir peppers until slightly tender, about 7 minutes. Stir in onions and cook until onions soften and turn golden, 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Stir sausage slices into onions and peppers, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.

  4. Stir drained penne into sausage and onions and reduce heat to low. Season with garlic and herb seasoning, sea salt, and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
5g Fat
45g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 131mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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