Toss Italian sausage, bell peppers and onion with jarred marinara for a quick and easy supper. Make it a meal: Serve with sautéed broccoli seasoned with a touch of anchovy and garlic. Source: EatingWell Magazine, December 1997

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  • Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.

  • Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces, until no pink remains, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels; wipe out the pan.

  • Heat oil in the pan over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and fennel seeds and cook for 1 minute more. Add marinara sauce and the cooked sausage. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Meanwhile, cook penne (or ziti) in boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and place in a large warm bowl. Add the sauce and toss to coat. Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley.


Look for a commercial marinara sauce with no more than 1 gram of fat per 1/2 cup.

Nutrition Facts

394 calories; 6.4 g total fat; 2.1 g saturated fat; 13 mg cholesterol; 667 mg sodium. 441 mg potassium; 69.1 g carbohydrates; 9.3 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 15.9 g protein; 1657 IU vitamin a iu; 60 mg vitamin c; 25 mcg folate; 82 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 28 mg magnesium;