The taster loves it when I make pasta and often watches over me when I’m adding the pasta to the salted, bubbling water. “One more handful,” he’ll request and I must, although shamelessly, admit that I usually add one more handful for him.

The only redeeming factor we have is that we add every vegetable possible to the pasta. The thought process is that if we are eating a bit more pasta than we should, at least it is full of vegetables.

Originally this recipe came from Martha’s Everyday Food and my friends who have raved about it for quite some time now. Even with my best intentions of keeping it to peppers and sausage, my parents sent me home with leeks fresh from their garden, we had a 5 pound bag of red onions to use, and I think you can see where this is going. Before I knew it there were more vegetables than pasta and that thought process (ridiculous or not) of the vegetable to pasta ratio comes right into play. :)

Pepper & Sausage Pasta - 2-3 servings

  • 2 servings bow-tie pasta
  • 3 tomato basil chicken sausages, sliced into 1/2″ slices
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup leeks, sliced
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 red, yellow, orange and green pepper, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 4 cups spinach
  • Parmesan cheese
Prepare pasta as directed. Set aside.

Heat large pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add chicken sausages, cooking until lightly browned. Set aside.

Add olive oil to pan and when hot add leeks and onion, cooking for about 2 minutes. Add in peppers and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat. Stir in spinach, sausage and pasta to pepper mixture and toss until spinach has wilted.

Grate Parmesan over top if desired.

12 Comments (Reply )

  1. Dana
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    This looks so delicious! I love tons of veggies in my pasta, too. All the colors make it especially appealing!


  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    My husband is the same way when I cook… he lurks in the kitchen and over my shoulder all the time :)


  3. Sarah Jayne
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    Ahhhhhhh yummmm yumyumyumyumyumyum! NOTHING beats peppers, onions & sausage! NOTHING!!


  4. Angharad
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    Veggie packed pasta is one of my favourite simple meals. This looks fabulous my dear! So colourful!


  5. Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    This looks like it’s packed with a delightful variety of flavors. I love the combo of peppers and sausage!


  6. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    What’s wrong with pasta? We stick mostly to whole-wheat, and it has a fair amount of protein, iron, vitamins, etc. I also read recently that white pasta is a better choice than white bread because it is so dense — it has a lower glycemic index because of the density. Who knew?


    • Emily
      Aug 12, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

      Nothing wrong with pasta at all, we just tend to eat too much of it!


  7. Holly
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    you can eat more pasta if you put lots of veggies in there, right? ;)


    • Emily
      Aug 12, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

      That’s what we think :)


  8. Lori
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 7:05 am

    I’m with you on the pasta. Love it and I always tend to over do it. I think it is because of the few years of low carb and eliminating it from my diet. I’m making up for it now. Ha, ha! So we tend to do a lot of veggies with it too. This combo looks great!


  9. mary beth hughes
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    i will have to try your version of this. :)


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