Italian Sausage and Peppers

My husband did the majority of the cooking when we first met, he used to make Italian sausage and bell pepper pasta that was so delicious! I however couldn’t make mac and cheese out of a box! So I became a self taught cook. I have never taken a formal cooking class, everything I learned was by watching chef’s on the cooking channel’s and by reading A LOT of cook books. The two main things I learned to change up pasta were to “toast” pasta in the oven to give it a totally different flavor and to cook pasta in different broth’s to give it a much richer flavor than boiling it in water alone. I have come up with my own version of Italian sausage, pepper and onion pasta that is very flavorful and it’s now one of my husbands favorite dishes!

Author: Christa Johnston

Christa Johnston is a busy wife and mother of two young boys and a self-proclaimed foodie. Her love of cooking stems from growing up in a large family where food was always in abundance and a focal point of every gathering. As a teenager, Christa was a frequent shopper of the Shoreview Fresh and Natural Foods location even as a young dancer grabbing a quick snack between classes. Now, with her two boys in tow she shops weekly for a quick sandwich, deli salad or natural organic ingredients to provide healthy eating choices for her delicious recipes! Christa will transform your Sunday Funday!



Place a rack in your oven close to the broiler on the top and turn your oven to broil. On a baking sheet evenly spread out the uncooked linguine noodles and carefully place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes allowing it to “toast” just a little. Then pull it out of the oven and with an oven mitt toss it slightly to uncover the “untoasted pasta” to the surface and place back under the broiler for an additional 1-2 minutes watching it very closely so you do not burn the pasta. Remove from oven set aside and turn off the oven.

In a deep skillet over medium high heat break up the Italian sausage with a wooden spoon and cook until no longer pink 10 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Next add the pasta, red onion, bell peppers, garlic and chicken broth to the skillet, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 9 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente. Remove from heat and stir in the Italian sausage, parmesan cheese and basil. Serve with garlic bread if desired.

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Recipe Type

  • Protein

Course Type

  • Entree

Skill Level

  • Beginner