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.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

  • 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

269 calories; 4.8 g total fat; 22 mg cholesterol; 79 mg sodium. 44.7 g carbohydrates; 10.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2013
This dish is great for a simple weeknight meal. I only ended up using 1 16-ounce box of pasta and it was plenty. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/29/2013
I added chopped zucchini and one less red pepper; and a can of diced tomato along with some seasoning. Sprinkled with cheese upon serving. Quick easy dish a little dry even with the extra tomato. Used Dreamfield Pasta to lower carbs. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2013
This dish is great for a simple weeknight meal. I only ended up using 1 16-ounce box of pasta and it was plenty. Read More
(5)
Rating: 2 stars
12/29/2013
I added chopped zucchini and one less red pepper; and a can of diced tomato along with some seasoning. Sprinkled with cheese upon serving. Quick easy dish a little dry even with the extra tomato. Used Dreamfield Pasta to lower carbs. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2013
This dish is great for a simple weeknight meal. I only ended up using 1 16-ounce box of pasta and it was plenty. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2014
This is delicious -- WITH the addition of a can of diced tomatoes with seasoning as this is very dry. I made this with about 1/3 of the penne pasta but followed the recipe for everything else and it was still dry. I put generous parmesan cheese on top. YUM!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2016
Easy and tastes great! I did change it up a little. I used bow tie pasta added small zucchini small can minced tomatoes and small tomato sauce so it would be a little more moist. Have made many times as it is now a favorite in this house. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2013
Yummy! Used whole wheat penne then added white wine and parmesan based on Ann's recommendation. Also added some italian seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes at the end (my husband loves spicy foods) to add some zest! Would be great paired with a green salad. Easy and inexpensvie weeknight meal. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/18/2016
I really liked this! Yes the recipe as posted makes 24 servings so some adjustments were needed. I used 3 peppers (orange red yellow) just to make it prettier. I used a whole box of pasta but it was probably a little too much. I also used a whole package of sausage. LOVED the sausage! I wasn't too sure about it since I had never heard of it before finding this recipe But it was AMAZING. I do agree the final dish seemed a little dry not sure what to add to fix that but maybe with a little less pasta the juices that are created while cooking will be enough. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2013
Made this after searching for "chicken apple sausage" as a way to use it. I halved the recipe due to having only one red bell pepper. I added a splash of white wine during cooking and topped with grated parmesan. I don't have any "Mrs. Dash" type seasonings so threw in some thyme parsley a little oregano and paprika. I used closer to 3 tbs. grapeseed oil (3x what is called for in olive oil for half recipe) but there wasn't enough sauce. Pasta was dry half way through eating. Overall the dish flavor was good. Very easy and different. Would make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2016
Great combination of flavors and we all enjoyed it! I think that it needs a little bit more sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2016
This was a big hit with the family especially the kids. Nice light meal for something a little different but flavorful. The reviews all mentioned the pasta being dry so the only change I made was to add 1/2 cup of chicken broth in the last few minutes of the simmer. Worked perfectly and not dry at all. I used a box of bowties because that was what I had on hand. Will definitely make again. Read More
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