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Penne with Sausage, Peppers, and Homemade Marinara

Penne with Sausage, Peppers, and Homemade Marinara

I am a lucky girl because I have a kind and generous neighbor named Jack. Not only is he a great guy he also has a green thumb and a very big garden. I looked out my window recently and there were two huge bags of fresh veggies waiting for me – yes, Jack even delivers. In the bags, I found zucchini, cucumbers, corn on the cob, and a ton of beautiful tomatoes. I decided to make a simple marinara sauce using tomatoes. I tossed some penne pasta in the marinara and added some turkey Italian sausage slices and sautéed bell pepper and onion. This was a simple and delicious meal that made my whole family happy, especially my son who had three servings! Thanks for the beautiful and delicious tomatoes Jack… you truly are the best neighbor.

Penne with Sausage, Peppers, and Homemade Marinara:


Marinara Sauce:

  • 6-7 miscellaneous tomatoes, quartered
  • Large handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 head of garlic, DO NOT REMOVE SKINS
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, cut into large chunks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil + 1-2 tsp (divided)
  • Dried basil, to taste
  • Dried oregano, to taste
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper (more if you want a spicy sauce)
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Other Ingredients:

  • 5 turkey Italian sausages, cooked then sliced into chunks
  • 4 baby bell peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, sliced
  • 8 oz penne pasta, prepared per instructions
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Penne with Sausage, Peppers, and Homemade Marinara

How to Make Penne with Sausage, Peppers, and Homemade Marinara

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees; line a baking sheet with tin foil then coat with cooking spray.

Quarter the tomatoes, cut the onions, and break up the head of garlic (KEEP SKINS ON SO THEY DON’T BURN).

Spread the tomatoes (except for the cherry tomatoes), onions, and garlic all over the lined baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top, then sprinkle with dried basil and oregano as well as sea salt and freshly cracked pepper; toss to coat.

Penne with Sausage, Peppers, and Homemade Marinara

Place in the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes; remove from the oven and add the cherry tomatoes. Roast them for another 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are really soft and the tomatoes are still juicy. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Penne with Sausage, Peppers, and Homemade Marinara

Once they have cooled, carefully peel the skin off the cloves of garlic. Spoon the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and juices into a small Dutch oven. Using an immersion blender, blend the vegetables until smooth, making sure there are no chunks. Simmer for 1-2 hours.

Cook the turkey Italian sausages in a skillet over medium heat until they are cooked through. Remove from the pan. Add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil to the same skillet and cook the peppers and onion until soft and tender, about 5-7 minutes. Season the peppers with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Slice the sausage.

Cook the pasta per instructions then drain. Add the marinara to the drained penne along with the sausage, peppers, and fresh basil then toss until evenly coated with marinara sauce. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve. Enjoy.

Penne with Sausage, Peppers, and Homemade Marinara


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net



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  1. You'd think living in FL that I'd have at least one gardening neighbor but no. I'm not so lucky. Your pasta dish looks great.

  2. I made this last night–it was delicious! I have never taken the time to make my sauce from scratch (from cans of tomato paste/sauce, yes–but never from fresh tomatoes). I had some perfectly ripe tomatoes from the Farmers’ Market, and the sauce tasted so fresh! I sliced the sausage before sauteeing to get more of that browned flavor, and I’d do it that way again. We also love your sausage fettuccine with the feta cheese and spinach–YUM!

  3. Yep, that is going to be Sunday dinner tomorrow.
    Cold, rainy outside – and looks VERY comforting!!

    Thx for sharing the recipe!!!