Creamy Pasta with Smoked Sausage and Peppers

Sausage and green peppers are a perfect flavor combination and together they make this quick weeknight pasta dish as delicious as it is easy to prepare.

Use your favorite cut of pasta along with fully-cooked smoked or Italian sausage, sautéed green peppers, diced tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream for a hint of creaminess and you have a simple but satisfying one-dish dinner.

Creamy Pasta with Smoked Sausage and Peppers

Creamy Pasta with Smoked Sausage and Peppers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Smoked sausage, green pepper, diced tomatoes and a touch of sour cream combine with your favorite cut of pasta to make a quick one-dish dinner.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pasta (rotini, penne, rigatoni)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces smoked or Italian sausage (fully cooked), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 large green bell peppers, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. Put a pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the sausage and sauté just until it starts to brown around the edges, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the onion and continue cooking until softened, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Add the garlic and green pepper and combine well.
  4. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the green pepper is crisp tender, 2 minutes, then stir in the tomatoes. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste and a pinch of salt if needed.
  5. Cover the pan and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until the peppers are tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and cover to keep warm while you cook and drain the pasta according to package directions.
  7. Combine the pasta with the sausage and peppers and stir in the sour cream. Serve immediately.