Sweet and Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta

This is a fabulous meal prep recipe, and the tomatoes and peppers lend a natural sweetness to juxtapose the spicy sauce and sausage.

rotini in dish with tomato sauce with bell peppers and sausages
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 cups brown rice rotini pasta

  • 1 cup rotini pasta

  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into thin strips

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 links hot Italian sausage

  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup pasta water.

  2. Meanwhile, heat butter and olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper strips, onion strips, and garlic and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add Italian sausage, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Stir to combine, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

  3. Remove sausage links and cut on the diagonal into coin slices. Return sausage slices to the skillet. Season with basil, garlic granules, and crused red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. Mix in heavy cream and reserved pasta water. Cover and cook sauce for 8 more minutes.

  4. Divide cooked rotini amongst plates and serve topped with sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

605 Calories
29g Fat
65g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 605
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 720mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 81mg 407%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 755mg 16%

* 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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