This Sausage and Peppers Pasta recipe is a quick and easy version of the slow-cooked Italian classic. It’s vibrant, delicious, and great for busy weeknights!

This recipe makes four servings for about $2.65 per serving. Therefore, the approximate cost of the entire recipe is $10.60.

In addition to this Sausage and Peppers Pasta, some of my favorite sausage and pepper recipes include these Italian Sausage Burgers, Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers, Sausage and Pepper Sloppy Joes, and Sausage and Peppers Stuffed Peppers.

Pasta with sausage, peppers, onions, cheese, and basil on a plate.

Sausage and Peppers Pasta

I heart sausage and peppers! I grew up in New England, where amazing “mom & pop” Italian restaurants were on every corner. My favorite item to order at Italian restaurants is always Sausage and Peppers—whether served on a grinder or over pasta.

Since moving away from New England, I have a newfound appreciation for the fantastic Italian food found there. In all of the places I’ve lived in since Connecticut (Utah, New Mexico, South Korea, Virginia, Arizona, California, and Japan), nothing compares.

This Sausage and Peppers Pasta recipe is my attempt at a “quick and easy” version of the classic. I love it, and it hits to spot when my Sausage and Peppers craving kicks in. It’s also one of my go-to meals when we expect company, and I need a quick and easy dinner recipe. 

It is time to step up your pasta night with this Italian Sausage and Peppers Pasta. This simple dish is not only a hearty and filling dish, but it is also delicious! The pasta noodles soak up the flavorful sauce, and this dish is packed with zesty sausage, peppers, and onions. 

Ingredients and Estimated Cost

Per Serving Cost: $2.65

Recipe Cost: $10.60

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil – $0.28
  • 3 large garlic cloves – $0.15
  • 1 ½ pounds Italian sausage – $5.22
  • 2 large green bell peppers – $1.16
  • 1 large yellow onion – $0.62
  • 14 ½ ounce can tomato sauce – $0.64
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes – $0.72
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil – $0.30
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano – $0.05
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds – $0.18
  • 16 ounces penne pasta – $1.28

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. 

How To Make Sausage and Peppers Pasta

  1. First, heat the oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat and then brown the sausage for about eight minutes. 
  2. Then, add the garlic and saute for about a minute. Next, add the peppers and onion and cook for about four to six minutes. 
  3. Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, basil, oregano, and fennel seeds to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the skillet with a lid and let it simmer for eight minutes before removing the lid and cooking for an additional two minutes. 
  4. Finally, pour the sausage and peppers mixture over the cooked pasta and garnish with mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and basil before serving. 

***For complete recipe instructions and a recipe video, see the recipe card below.

Recipe Variations

  • Use your favorite type of Italian sausage in this recipe: hot, mild, or sweet. I usually use a combination of hot and sweet.
  • This recipe calls for green bell peppers, but you can use any color.
A fork digging into this sausage and peppers pasta.

Serving and Storage Tips

SERVE: Serve the pasta with grated Parmesan, mozzarella, and fresh chopped basil. After about 2 hours, the pasta needs to be covered and stored in the refrigerator.

STORE: Leftover sausage and peppers pasta can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Just note that the veggies won’t be as crisp as the first day you had them. 

FREEZE: Once cooled, place the pasta in an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months.

THAW: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or for about 4 hours at room temperature.

REHEAT: Reheat in a microwave-safe dish in 1-minute increments until heated through, stirring after each minute.

Recipe FAQs

How do you saute peppers and onions?

First, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Then, add the peppers and onion and cook until tender. Stir occasionally. This process will take about four to six minutes.

How do you sauté peppers without oil?

If you do not have oil, you can use water instead. The outcome will vary slightly without oil but will work in a pinch.

Are sauteed peppers healthy?

Absolutely! Bell peppers are a great source of Vitamin C. They make a healthy addition to this pasta dish.

Close up photos of this pasta dish on a plate with shredded cheese on it.

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A close up overhead picture of the finished Sausage and Peppers Pasta on a red plate.
5 from 9 votes

Sausage and Peppers Pasta

Recipe Cost $ $10.60
Serving Cost $ $2.65
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
6 people
This Sausage and Peppers Pasta recipe is a quick and easy version of the slow-cooked Italian classic.


  • large braiser OR large, deep covered pan
  • pasta pot
  • cutting board
  • chef's knife


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ pound Italian sausage cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large green bell peppers cut into strips
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced
  • 14 ½ ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cup cherry tomatoes halved lengthwise
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 ounces penne pasta cooked as per package direction


  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Freshly chopped basil



  • Heat oil in a large, deep skillet or pan over medium heat.
  • Add the sausage and cook, occasionally stirring, until brown, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and sauté until golden brown, about 1 minute.
  • Add the peppers and onion and cook until tender, occasionally stirring about 4-6 minutes.
  • Once the peppers and onions are just tender, add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, basil, oregano, and fennel seeds to the pan.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes, and then uncover and cook for an additional 2 minutes.


  • Pour the sausage, peppers, and tomato mixture over the cooked penne pasta.
  • Top with mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil, and serve!



Serving: 2.25cups | Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 785mg | Potassium: 769mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 60.4mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3.6mg

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  1. Sausage and peppers go perfectly in pasta! The best part is you can use any kind of pasta you want!

  2. Aimee Shugarman says:

    This was a delicious meal, even my picky eater ate it 🙂

  3. Renee | The Good Hearted Woman says:

    Like many people, I have a genetically-wired aversion to certain green vegetables that makes them taste bitter, so I’m not a fan of green peppers. However, we made this with red sweet peppers, and it was super-tasty. Great budget meal, and really easy to make, too!

  4. Aimee Mars says:

    Insanely delicious and the price point can’t be beat! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Easy pasta for a weeknday. I had this for lunch today and was super quick and delish!

  6. Such a great weeknight meal! Love this combination of ingredients. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I made this pasta for dinner last night and it was amazing. My whole family loved it and I’ll definitely be making it again!

  8. such a good Sunday dinner and the leftovers are even better the next day for lunch!