Sausage, peppers and onions meet pasta with marinara in this sausage spaghetti recipe. This colorful dish cooks slowly, allowing the flavors to meld into the richly flavored sauce that coats the pasta beautifully. Serve with a Caesar salad on the side., September 2022


Credit: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Melissa Gray

Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve 3/4 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta. 

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook, breaking up chunks with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a plate, reserving the drippings in the pan. Add onion to the pan; cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add red and yellow bell peppers; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden on the edges, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in tomatoes, the cooked sausage, 1/2 cup reserved cooking water and tomato paste; cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to a sauce-like consistency and tomatoes are very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the pasta and basil. Add additional reserved cooking water, if needed, to reach desired consistency. Divide among 4 plates. Garnish with additional basil and serve with Parmesan, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

2 1/2 cups
501 calories; protein 30g; carbohydrates 65g; dietary fiber 9g; sugars 13g; fat 15g; saturated fat 5g; mono fat 7g; poly fat 2g; cholesterol 34mg; vitamin a iu 2555IU; vitamin b1 thiamin 1mg; vitamin b3 niacin 8mg; vitamin b12 1mcg; vitamin c 126mg; vitamin e iu 2IU; folate 75mg; vitamin k 25mg; sodium 729mg; calcium 107mg; iron 6mg; magnesium 102mg; phosphorus 347mg; potassium 838mg; zinc 4mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 10mg; selenium 57mcg.