This recipe is the best when made using farmer's sausage, but any sausage links will do. Add the red pepper flakes at the end for a little kick, or leave them out if spice isn't for you.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes.

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir sausage, onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and mushrooms until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Stir diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, minced garlic, garlic powder, oregano, basil, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes into vegetable mixture; bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

  • Drain pasta and spoon onto plates and top with sauce mixture.

Editor's Note:

Farmer's sausage, a traditional Mennonite smoked sausage, is well-known in Canada. If you cannot find it, you can use any sausage links.

Nutrition Facts

638 calories; protein 26.6g; carbohydrates 85.3g; fat 22.3g; cholesterol 49.2mg; sodium 1662.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2017
Great recipe!! We didn't use onion or red pepper flakes because we had spicy Italian sausage (and it was spicy!). Will do again using sweet Italian sausage and hopefully it won't be as fire engine hot as this was. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2017
Great recipe!! We didn't use onion or red pepper flakes because we had spicy Italian sausage (and it was spicy!). Will do again using sweet Italian sausage and hopefully it won't be as fire engine hot as this was. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2015
This was so fast to make and I love how most ingredients were fresh! Kudos on not having a lot of processed ingredients! I omitted the salt, as I wanted the taste to come from the herbs. Other than that I followed the recipe. Yum yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2018
Delicious! Used Johnsonville cooked Italian sausage and minced garlic. Definitely a favorite Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2017
My family devoured this! We are not hot and spicy fans so I omitted the red pepper flakes. I also used 2 tsp of minced garlic and no garlic salt. I added 4 large handfuls of spinach and a full 750ml jar of pasta sauce. I also drained the diced tomatoes so it wasn't runny at all. It was quick easy and a new family favourite! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2018
This was wonderful! I didn't have a green pepper so I used a yellow and I was out of tomato sauce so I used crushed it made the dish really creamy. The pasta I undercooked by a few minutes and added it to the pan after draining it with everything else to soak up the sauce. Thanks for sharing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2020
I made it love it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2020
This recipe was outstanding! I only had Trader Joe’s chicken sausage. Since there is no casing, I sliced the sausage into “pennies” and it turned out so delicious. Will definitely make it again and will use the same sausage... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2016
Fresh and tasty! I used chicken sausage to cut down on the fat and it was still flavorful. It made a big pot so we are looking forward to leftovers. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2018
Delicious! The entire family loved it so much they all requested second helpings! Quick and easy recipe that will become a staple in our home. Read More