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Sausage and Pepper Pasta, Easy and Delicious!

Sausage and pepper pasta in a light tomato sauce, an easy, homely and fairly quick mid week meal that will please young and old alike!

You can use any sausage that you like in this recipe, Italian sausage, sweet or spicy both work really well and beef sausage adds a really great twist!

Sausage and pepper orecchiette pasta in a light tomato sauce with fresh parsley.

Orecchiette Sausage Pasta

Simple pasta dinners do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to mid-week dinners for many families and our home is no different!

This sausage and pepper pasta recipe joins dishes like my tomato tuna pasta, a fun hot dog pasta and a simple bacon and mushroom pasta as dishes that define my mid-week dinner in a hurry rotation.

It uses ingredients that I usually have either in the cupboard, fridge or freezer.

Unlike my Italian sausage ragu and my pasta alla norcina recipe, this uses seared and sliced sausages as I do in my Polish Lazanki recipe.

It offers a different textural note that I love in this recipe, I use the same technique in this sausage gnocchi recipe.

It cooks in around 30-35 minutes (including prep) and tastes divine!

Overhead sausage and pepper orecchiette pasta in a light tomato sauce with fresh parsley.

Frequently Asked Questions.

What sort of sausages should I use?

You can use anything that you have laying around. It is particularly good with my homemade Italian sausages, but it is great with boldly flavoured sausage like Cumberland Sausage too.

But you can really change things up by adding beef sausages or even hotdog sausages. It is a really versatile recipe!

What sort of pasta should I use?

I like to use orecchiette pasta to make this dish because the bolder texture works particularly well.

But it is just as good with farfalle or even conchiglie. You can even serve it with gnocchi, although more tomato is required for that.

Can this be made in advance?

Yes, it will store well in the fridge for 2-3 days.

It even works wonderfully as a lunchbox dish, although you will need to increase the amount of tomato used by around 50% if eating cold.

Close up sausage and pepper orecchiette pasta in a light tomato sauce with fresh parsley.

Serving Suggestions

This sausage and pepper pasta recipe is a simple dinner recipe that serves as a TV dinner in our house.

We’ll curl up on the sofa and munch away with glass of wine within reach.

But it is a dish that is particularly suited to some nice cheesy garlic bread.

Spooning the pasta, sausages and peppers onto the bread and munching away is heavenly.

Sausage and pepper pasta in a light tomato sauce with fresh parsley.

Equipment Used

I only name-check brands of equipment if I think they make a materia difference to a recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • 28cm or 11″ frying pan.
  • 20cm or 8″ saucepan.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • chopping board.
  • Sieve or colander.
  • Stirring and serving spoons.
Sausage and pepper pasta in a light tomato sauce with fresh parsley.
Yield: 2 Servings

Sausage and Pepper Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Easy sausage and pepper orecchiette pasta, a deliciously simple midweek meal that cooks in a shade over half an hour.


  • 200g (7oz) Italian Sausage
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 225g (8oz) Tin of Tomatoes
  • ½ Tsp Sugar
  • 200g (7oz) Dried Pasta
  • 20g (½-⅔ Packed Cup) Fresh Parsley
  • ½ Tsp salt (plus extra for boiling the pasta)


  1. Remove the seeds and the stalk from the pepper and cut into a 1cm dice.
  2. Peel the garlic and slice it as finely as you can.
  3. Heat a wide based frying pan (28cm-11" not non stick) over a medium high heat and add the oil.
  4. Add the sausages and sear so that they have an even colour on all sides, when the sausages are golden remove them and set aside.
  5. Return the pan to the heat and add the peppers and cook for 5 minutes stirring regularly.
    Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  6. Pour in the red wine vinegar, stir and cook for 30 seconds.
  7. Add the tinned tomatoes, sugar and salt, stir and reduce the heat to low.
  8. Slice the sausages into rounds 5-7mm thick at a 45 angle to the sausage and add it to the sauce, stir and simmer for as long as it takes to cook the pasta.
  9. Add the pasta to a 20cm or 8" saucepan of well salted water (1½ teaspoons in a pan this size) and cook for 30-60 seconds less than it says on the packet.
  10. Whilst the pasta is cooking add the sausages along with any resting juices to the sauce and allow it to finish cooking.
  11. Chop the parsley as finely as you can.
  12. When the pasta is cooked drain it, reserving 75-100ml of the cooking water.
  13. Add the pasta and most of the parsley (keeping a little aside to garnish) to the sauce and stir well.
  14. Finally, stir in the pasta water (as much as required) to form a sauce with a nice consistency.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 613Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 1463mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 27g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!

Sara McCleary

Monday 17th of June 2019

I love easy, tasty and quick, especially during the week. Nice technique with the sausages, will be checking out the ragu recipe too.

Brian Jones

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

Thanks Sara, the ragu is superb too :)


Monday 17th of June 2019

This pasta looks divine! So easy and the flavours from the Italian sausage sound great with the peppers.

Brian Jones

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

Ta muchly


Monday 17th of June 2019

I love a simple pasta recipe like this and this one looks delicious!

Brian Jones

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

Thank you

Shashi at SavorySpin

Monday 17th of June 2019

This looks so delicious and flavor jammed - comfort food at its finest!

Brian Jones

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

Thanks Shashi

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