Skillet Italian Sausage and Peppers with Whole-Wheat Penne [+ Video]


This skillet Italian sausage and peppers with whole-wheat penne is the perfect home cooked meal and it’s all in one pot which makes clean up a breeze!


Skillet Peppers and Italian Sausage with Penne


Hey everyone, Nicole from Cooking Classy here. I am beyond excited to be contributing over here at Oh, Sweet Basil for the next couple of months. When I saw Carrian was looking for a few contributors, I literally stopped what I was doing, ran to the computer and immediately emailed Carrian. Needless to say, I am so honored to be here, talking to you and sharing some of my favorite recipes.


Skillet Peppers and Italian Sausage with Penne


Being a food-blogger and all, my first inclination when developing a recipe is to fuss it up a bit. It’s not in my nature to just leave a normal roast chicken alone, or refrain from adding a little bit of spice to my pastas or omit some odd ingredient into my soups and stews — it’s a problem. Sometimes I forget the simple things in life are almost always the best.



There’s nothing like a perfectly roasted chicken enhanced by a touch of butter, salt and pepper; I can’t think of anything more comforting than a big vat of spaghetti drizzled in a little bit of olive oil and parmesan cheese; and there is nothing, nothing like a steaming bowl of plain ol’ chicken noodle soup (I learned that one the hard way, after an intense bout with the flu a few weeks ago).


Skillet Peppers and Italian Sausage with Penne


This first recipe reminds me of those simple comforting meals that are unlike any fancy dish, the ones that put a little soulfulness into me, and the ones that really take me back to my childhood.


Growing up, my Mom was a phenomenal cook; in fact, it’s where my cooking chops stemmed from. She always liked to experiment with new dishes or what you’d call “gourmet” creations, but the dishes that stick out most in my mind are the easy casseroles, roast chickens, quick pasta dinners and all around comforting dinners we had time and time again.


Skillet Peppers and Italian Sausage with Penne


This skillet Italian sausage and peppers with whole-wheat penne was always a staple meal in our house, and one that everyone in our family adored — even the pickiest of eaters. Even better? It’s actually a pretty well rounded meal you can feel good about feeding your family.

The sauce is derived from my Mother’s famous spaghetti sauce; a sauce that I tried to “make my own” time and time again, but came to the realization that it’s just as it should be. Simple in its ingredients, the base consists of tomato paste, red wine and a little bit of Italian seasoning.


What Italian Sausage is Best in Pasta?

Italian sausage and peppers are sautéed and then simmered in the rich sauce and tossed with cooked whole-wheat penne pasta. I like to use a mild Italian sausage, but you could use a sweet or spicy pork sausage, or even a turkey or chicken Italian sausage would work great if you’re really watching your waistline.

One Pot Pasta Recipe

What I really love about this, is everything is cooked and assembled in one big pot (aside from the cooking of the pasta), it’s seriously easy as can be and comes together in 30 minutes (or less!).

Just as this was a staple in my house growing up, today it’s still a staple in my home, and maybe it will be in yours too.


Is Italian Sausage Pork Or Beef?

Italian sausage most often refers to a style of pork sausage that is seasoned with fennel.


Can Italian Sausage Be a Little Pink?

It’s ok to be a little pink in the middle but it shouldn’t look raw.

If you’ve cooked it for the time & method it says on the packet it should be alright.



Skillet Italian Sausage and Peppers with Whole-Wheat Penne

This skillet Italian sausage and peppers with whole-wheat penne is the perfect home cooked meal and it's all in one pot which makes clean up a breeze!
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Skillet Italian Sausage and Peppers with Whole-Wheat Penne

This skillet Italian sausage and peppers with whole-wheat penne is the perfect home cooked meal and it's all in one pot which makes clean up a breeze!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Over 500 Family Dinner Recipes Ideas
Keyword: dinner, pasta, penne, peppers, sausage, skillet
Servings: 4
Calories: 746kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 12 ounces whole-wheat penne pasta
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links 1 package
  • 1 small green pepper sliced
  • 1 small red pepper sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced thin
  • ½ cup red wine we use cooking red wine
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 12 ounces water
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Parmesan Cheese for finishing


  • In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta until al dente.
  • Reserve starchy cooking water.
  • Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over a medium-high heat.
  • Brown sausages on all sides, until almost cooked through, remove and cut into ¼ inch slices. You don’t have to worry about cooking them all the way through, they will finish cooking while the sauce simmers.
  • In the same pan drizzle another teaspoon or so of olive oil and sauté the peppers and onions until slightly softened, about five minutes.
  • Return sausage back to the pan and deglaze with red wine.
  • Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning, sugar and salt.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer for ten minutes.
  • Add penne to the skillet, toss with sauce. If needed add starchy pasta water to loosen the sauce up.
  • Season with salt and pepper and garnish with grated parmesan cheese.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 746kcal | Carbohydrates: 69.3g | Protein: 29.8g | Cholesterol: 86.2mg | Fiber: 12.6g | Sugar: 13g
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42 comments on “Skillet Italian Sausage and Peppers with Whole-Wheat Penne [+ Video]”

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  2. This is a great recipe–BUT can it be frozen??

  3. This is not a one pot dish because you need to boil pasta separately. Little bit disappointed.

  4. Just stopping in to say this has been a family favorite for a couple of years now. So easy and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  5. I’ve never used a red cooking wine. What should I look for? And is there a substitute for it? The recipe looks like it would be delicious.

    • Hi Pat! The cooking wine is by the vinegar. If drink alcohol, you can use regular alcohol just use 1 1/2 times the amount. Cooking wine is common though so if you look by the vinegar, you will find it! Enjoy!

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  7. I am part Italian and this looks very good. I hope I can make it one day. I have made sweet Italian peppers left whole, green peppers sliced kind of thin in strips, thinly sliced white or yellow onion, worcestershire sauce and a little butter. We enjoy that so I know we will enjoy yours.

  8. 5 stars
    This may be a silly question, but how much water do you add when combining all sauce ingredients?

  9. Don’t have any peppers, so am substituting carrots and a head of broccoli, cut up.Don’t drink red wine, so using water. Other than that, am following the recipe to a “t”.

  10. I made this last night! It was awesome!! The wine I used was a red Malbec.
    Its definitely a keeper!!!
    The only thing I did different was I use brown sugar in my pasta sauce. Not quite as sweet as white sugar.
    Thanks for sharing. We absolutely loved the sauce.

  11. Made this tonight for company using half and half, hot and sweet turkey sausage. It was a big hit. Next time I will add some garlic with the onions and peppers. Thanks for a great recipe.

  12. On Step 4 I added a tsp of minced garlic, zucchini and at the last minute of sauteing I added crimini mushrooms. I”m obsessed with feeding lots of veggies with dinner and this made a wonderful addition.

  13. can this dish be cooked then frozen to be eaten at a later date? I am trying to prepare meals for the month in advance.

  14. I have made this a bunch of times and making it again tonite. Everyone here loves it . Sometimes I add fresh spinich when it’s almost ready. This and a loaf of fresh garlic bread makes a great dinner. Thanks for the recipe

  15. Made this tonight!!! Awesome! Thanks!

  16. Do you think deglazing with an equal amount of beer would work? Has anyone tried that?

  17. Is there any way you can just use regular pasta sauce?

  18. wow… Just made this and it was delicious. Peppers, onions, sausage and pasta… What’s not to like. Even my picky 15 year old daughter enjoyed it enough to have a second serving. 🙂 stellar dish!

  19. what an you use instead of the wine??

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  21. What a wonderful flavor combination! I can’t resist italian sausage 🙂

  22. This looks so great Nicole! Love how it’s a one pot dish and done in under 30 minutes. Perfect comfort weeknight food!

  23. I love skillet dinners like this! Looks so good!

  24. I’m here!! this looks absolutely delicious Nicole, sausage & peppers is one of my favorite comfort foods, and your version looks awesome!

  25. Great recipe Nicole! Looks amazing and your pics are great. I’ll stop by your blog 🙂