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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40 mins


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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; protein 15.9g; carbohydrates 69.1g; dietary fiber 9.3g; sugars 2.7g; fat 6.4g; saturated fat 2.1g; cholesterol 12.8mg; vitamin a iu 1657.5IU; vitamin c 60.4mg; folate 25.4mcg; calcium 81.5mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 27.8mg; potassium 441mg; sodium 666.7mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

3 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 high-fat meat