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Penne with Peppers and Sausage


"Whole wheat pasta, green bell peppers, and turkey sausage come together in a healthy, budget-friendly, weeknight dinner recipe that is quick and easy."
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54 m servings 210 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. 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. Drain.
  2. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat. Add green bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until almost tender, 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Place turkey sausage in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir, breaking sausage up with a wooden spoon, until browned and crumbly, about 6 minutes. Add red pepper flakes, salt, black pepper, and oregano; stir in tomatoes. Simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Place penne in a serving bowl; top with sausage mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


  • Cook's Note:
  • During busy weeknights, streamline the prep using frozen bell pepper strips or frozen diced bell pepper strips and onions. Use a high-quality Parmesan cheese for maximum flavor. Just a small amount can completely transform your favorite italian recipes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 210 calories; 9.4 g fat; 14.4 g carbohydrates; 18.9 g protein; 62 mg cholesterol; 901 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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The only thing I did differently was the cooking method and I left the sausage links whole and then I sliced them. I cooked this in my instant pot. I used to sauté function to brown the Italian...