Easy Pasta and Italian Sausage Weeknight Dinner
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This pasta and Italian sausage recipe is like the non-recipe! A few simple ingredients thrown together to make a wonderful Italian inspired meal to share with family.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 6 cups of your favourite tomato sauce (we used our own nonna-approved tomato sauce)
  • 4 cups quality penne pasta (cooked as per the package instructions)
  • 6 sweet Italian sausages (or spicy if you prefer)
  • ½ cup jarred roasted peppers, cut in strips
  • 10 leaves fresh basil, finely shredded
  • Shaved parmesan cheese to top the dish
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 ºF.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Place the sausages on the baking sheet.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 25 minutes.
  5. Place two large pots on the stove, each over it's own burner.
  6. Pour the sauce into the first large pot and set to medium.
  7. Let the sauce simmer slowly. Reduce temperature if necessary.
  8. Fill the second large pot with water, add salt and bring to a boil.
  9. Add the pasta and cook to al dente as per the package instructions.
  10. Pour the cooked pasta into a colander over the sink.
  11. Once the water has drained out, carefully pour the pasta into the pot with the sauce and shut off the burner to stop cooking the sauce and pasta.
  12. Once the sausages are cooked, remove them from the oven and slice into wheels.
  13. Add the sausages to the pasta and sauce.
  14. Add the roasted red peppers and basil, and stir.
  15. Adjust the salt and pepper if necessary.
  16. That's it... it's really ready to eat!
  17. Plate the pasta and don't forget to top it with the shaved parmesan.
Recipe by Photos & Food at https://www.photosandfood.ca/2016/01/05/easy-pasta-and-italian-sausage-weeknight-dinner/