Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta

Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta-this colorful pasta dish is easy to make and full of flavor! 

Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com You can have this colorful pasta dish on your table in 30 minutes! #pasta

I am very pregnant and not in the mood to cook on most days. Luckily, Josh is beyond excited for the baby to come and is bouncing off the walls with energy. He has plenty of energy to cook and has taken over most of the kitchen duties. And just for the record, I am excited for the baby to come too, but an exhausted excited:)

While I was reading a book on the couch, Josh made Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta. He had dinner done in 30 minutes!

Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com This delicious pasta dish only takes 30 minutes to make! #pasta

Josh didn’t waste any time, he got down to business and started making his pasta dish. For this recipe, Josh used penne pasta, but any pasta will work. Use your favorite or whatever you have on hand.

Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com You can have this colorful pasta dish on your table in 30 minutes!

Josh sautéd bell peppers, onions, and Butterball turkey sausage in a large skillet. Josh added crushed red pepper to kick up the heat! He loves spicy food!

He combined the pasta, sausage, and peppers in a large bowl and added grape tomatoes, fresh basil, and Parmesan cheese. I did get off of the couch to check out his creation and I was impressed! I took a few photos and let Josh enjoy his meal! He devoured his pasta! He is a true Turketarian! And he ate the leftovers for lunch the next day and said it was just as good, maybe even better! Yay for leftovers!

This Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta dish is perfect for busy weeknights or an easy summer meal. You can have a delicious dinner on the table in no time! I bet Josh will be making this pasta dish after the baby comes too! Gotta love a tasty and easy meal!

Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this quick and easy pasta! #recipe #pasta

Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta

You can have this spicy and colorful pasta dish on your dinner table in 30 minutes!
4 from 1 vote


  • 12 ounces Penne pasta we use whole wheat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 package Butterball Turkey Sausage 13 oz, cut into ½ inch rounds
  • Crushed red pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan. Add the onion, garlic, peppers, and sausage. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain the pasta and pour into a large serving bowl. Stir in the onions, peppers, and sausage. Add the tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and basil. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. SO much love for this pasta
    1. Turkey sausage is my FAV so I am totally diggin’ that you used it here!
    2. A meal that my hubs could make for one? I am going to marry this pasta

  2. I’ve been hesitant to make pasta this summer because I don’t want to add extra heat to the house, so I love that most of this is made in one pan–looks like a great summer recipe!

  3. 14 years ago, when I was preggy with my first, I was too lazy too and I hated the smell of any garlic or any smell from cooking in the kitchen . So we ate a lot in the restaurants ( mind you, not just any restaurants but the fine ones because this is the only place that my preggy notrils would take) . Also going to these places was an agony by itself in term of finances as well as the commute because I got dizzy whenever I saw a car. I am glad Josh is treating you like a princess this phase of your life. Enjoy it.

    And, I love this pasta and sausage combo. Take care.

  4. It is awesome when our husbands are cooking for us, right?
    I love peppers and spicy pasta. This dish is calling my name!! Pretty picture too.

  5. When I was pregnant and didn’t feel like cooking, my husband ordered pizza or picked up a bucket of chicken on his way home, ha! I think I could have really gone for some of THIS instead!

    1. Yes, I am a vegetarian. Don’t worry, I didn’t go hungry. Josh made me sweet corn and watermelon. My current pregnancy craving! That is all I wanted 🙂

  6. Love these fast weeknight meals – and I had no idea Butterball made a turkey sausage — must try! 🙂

  7. That Butterball turkey sausage has become a staple in my house. I love it for quick pasta dishes like this!

  8. Love all the colours Maria – looks gorgeous! Definitely going to be making this next week 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Can’t wait to make this! Do you think it could be served at room temperature? Would be awesome to bring to a picnic!

  10. We do something similar without the pasta, LOVE the sausage and peppers together! Just pinned;)

    1. Caleb ate some pasta too and I had sweet corn and watermelon. My current pregnancy craving:)

  11. Congratulations on your up and coming bundle of joy! I’m due on the 30th so we are getting excited as well 🙂 I was wondering how you balance babies and blogging? This will be a new adventure for me to have a newborn and continue my food blog. Your blog is great by the way! Thanks!

    1. I will be honest. It’s not easy:) Adding another little pea to our pod will be interesting. I hope I can keep up!

  12. Beautiful images! Love how this is so colourful – Sausage, peppers and pasta are just a perfect combination, printed and pinned! 🙂

  13. This pasta looks amazing. I love the color. Plus the sausage would make my husband be happy with this dinner. Win win!

  14. Just a quick note to let you know I made a version of this last night after we cam back from swimming.

  15. This looks so tasty – I bet it’d be great with kielbasa! Thanks for sharing so many great recipes!

  16. I made this dish tonight! It turned out great! My whole family loved it including my finicky 4 year old. I didn’t have basil on hand so I used oregano. Its a great dish!

  17. This looks super fresh and delicious for summer…and I love easy! Great idea to add tomatoes afterwards so they don’t get mushy!

  18. I tried this recipe with a few minor modifications to suit my personal taste (no tomatoes, spicy meat sausage, 1/2 the noodles, extra peppers). It was excellent. I highly recommend it to everyone. It was super easy and quick to make and was delicious! Thanks so much for the fabulous recepie!

  19. I made this and your Cucumber, Chickpea, and Pita salad for my birthday meal last month- they were both really, really good!

  20. This was an excellent recipe! Made it for dinner tonight and it turned out perfect! I cooked my chicken sausages whole first and let them rest so theyou stayed nice and juicy. Drained all the grease and then cooked the veggies. No oil needed!

  21. Just tried it because i was looking for a fast recipe with orange pepper, and it was delicous. just ate a whole skillet .never eaten pepper before(just the padron that i love) and it went pretty well with the sausage and pasta. didnt have the tomato and parm but will do it again c;

  22. Oh. My. Garsh. I was looking for a recipe for sausage & pasta that didn’t use any creamy/buttery gunk or too much cheese in it. I always look at images to see what looks good before I check out the recipe itself. The image of this pasta grabbed my eye and wouldn’t let go! It looks so yummy that I plan to make it this weekend. All those beautiful colors plus sausage PLUS PASTA? How could it miss? Thanks for posting!

  23. 4 stars
    Love this recipe! We make it at least every other week. In the winter when grape tomatoes are not the best in Ohio, I substitute a can of petite diced tomatoes and heat gently, then proceed with basil and parmesan. A family favorite!