Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pasta

Super easy to make pasta recipe for Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pasta. The addition of Italian Sausage makes this incredibly filling!

Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pasta | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy recipe using homemade roasted red peppers.

Okay so I’m completely addicted to roasted red peppers right now. I made a meatless version called Roasted Red Pepper Pasta last week. It was so wonderful I wanted to make sure I had meaty version of it on my site as well. I also wanted to make sure this one used roasted red peppers that I did myself. Any time I can make something myself I like to take the extra time to do it.

If you’re going to roast your own peppers my advice is to do a ton of them so you can have extra for the next week or two. You can pop them in a jar and you’ve got roasted red peppers ready to go the next time you need them. Trust me, the more you have the better.

Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pasta | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy recipe using homemade roasted red peppers.

The recipe I used today is adapted from The Pioneer Woman. I made her Quick and Easy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta and loved it way too much. I am completely addicted to this pasta and it is all I want to eat lately.

Luckily it freezes well so I’ve been stocking up my freezer with the extra. Perfect for those days I’m too busy to cook, or hubs needs a quick lunch for work. I love dishes like this.

Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pasta | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy recipe using homemade roasted red peppers.

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Super easy to make pasta recipe for Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pasta. This recipe teaches you how to roast your own red peppers instead of using jarred peppers. The addition of Italian Sausage makes this incredibly filling for any family dinner. Enjoy!
Recipe type: dinner
Serves: Tons of pasta!
For Roasting your own Red Peppers:
  • 3 large red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pasta:
  • 1 lb/454 g of pasta, I used penne
  • 450 g of ground sausage, cooked
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ½ large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 large shallots, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Roasted Red Peppers, prepared in advance, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Salt to taste
  • White Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream (more or less if desired)
  • ¼ to ½ cup parmesan or mozzarella shavings
For the Garnish:
For Roasting your own Red Peppers:
  1. Preheat your oven to about 450 degrees F.
  2. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Pop the peppers on top of the cookie sheet. Place in the oven.
  4. Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, it should start to char the outside of the peppers.
  5. Take tongs and flip the peppers over, cook for another 10 to 15 minutes. You want the outside to be charred and the peppers to be soft but still workable. Not mushy.
  6. Remove from the oven and transfer the peppers to a ziploc bag. Seal it up and allow them to cool for about 30 minutes or so.
  7. Take the peppers out and peel off the charred skin.
  8. Pull the tops off, then half the peppers with a knife and scrape away all the seeds.
  9. Chop the peppers roughly.
  10. Pop them in a jar and add the olive oil. Set aside till needed. If you do extra those can be stored in the fridge in a container or jar.
For the Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pasta:
  1. Cook your pasta choice in boiling, salted water according to the package minus one minute.
  2. Now a cast iron skillet cook up your sausage until it's browned lightly. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet add 2 tablespoons of butter. Cook over medium high heat. Add the onions and shallots and saute for about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and the roasted red peppers and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes more.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat, carefully transfer the ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until mixed but slightly chunky. Be sure the lid was on. Seriously people, common sense prevails here.
  5. Heat the remaining butter (2 tablespoons) in the same skillet over medium high heat, then transfer the ingredients from the food processor back into the pan. Add the cooked ground sausage, broth, salt and pepper and cook until it all starts to bubble and come together while you stir.
  6. Add the heavy cream in, more or less depending on your taste.
  7. Stir until the cream combines and feel free to add any more spices that you love.
  8. Drain pasta in a colander, (reserving about ½ cup of pasta water), and pour that cooked pasta into your skillet. Continue to cook until everything combines and become one big happy melting pot of joy. To help it combine a little better, add a little pasta water. Start with about ¼ cup and cook while it melds the ingredients together. You can add more if needed.
  9. Toss the dried sweet basil over top and it's pasta party time.
  10. Serve with a big old spicy sausage and red pepper smile!
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman's Quick and Easy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

For a meatless version you can use my Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Depends how hungry you are!

Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Pasta | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy recipe using homemade roasted red peppers.

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  1. 1

    Oh my gosh, I could eat that whole pan all by myself. I love pasta dishes like this, especially with the sausage added. And home made roasted red peppers? Swoon.

  2. 2

    Kim, pass me a big ol’ spoon; I want to dig in! This looks amazing. Pinned!

  3. 3

    Looks delicious, Kim! Now I want comfort food for lunch!

  4. 4

    Roasted peppers? Yes, please. I always make a ton, as you suggest, and freeze many of them. And they combine so well with Italian sausage! Beautiful match (looks beautiful, too!). Good stuff – thanks.

  5. 5

    I could do a serious swan dive right into that pasta pot!! LOVE IT!!

  6. 6

    Adding this to the TO DO! List:) Looks incredibly yummy.

  7. 7

    it looks soooo good! I just want to shovel it into my face! haha

  8. 8
    Mary Moore says:

    Can’t wait to try this one!

  9. 9

    My favorite pepper recipe would be my mother’s recipe
    Just because it makes me feel good. I love your dish and love your photos!

  10. 10

    I LOVE stuffed bell peppers! So Yummy

  11. 11
    Alicyn R. says:

    Yum looks so good! Love bell peppers!

  12. 12

    Mmmmm wonderful!

  13. 13

    My favorite bell pepper recipe is my chicken lettuce taco wraps. The ground chicken has chopped red peppers in it.

  14. 14

    My favorite recipe involves feta cheese and quinoa stuffed inside and roasted! So delicious.

  15. 15
    Pam Gurganus says:

    My favorite bell pepper recipe is stuffed peppers!

  16. 16

    Ooo I just love roasted red pepper! Add sausage and pasta, and how can anyone say no?

  17. 17

    I pinned this pasta recipe ~ great closeup photo!

  18. 18

    My favorite bell pepper recipe is “Beef Tomato” , an Asian stir-fry with lots of red and green bell peppers!

  19. 19

    I like pasta recipes and this is another good one. Thank you, Kim.

  20. 20

    I put peppers of any color in most of my recipes. I do like stuffed red peppers.

  21. 21

    Looks fantastic Kim and I would love to win that Le Creuset pot!!

  22. 22

    I love bell peppers! I usually eat them raw but I should try out a few recipes for something new.

  23. 23

    yes please

  24. 24

    Favorite dish with roasted red pepper is a roasted vegetable Bolognese – recipe from Giada! Would be amazning prepared in this pan!!

  25. 25

    I like bell peppers raw or on pizza. I’ve also made a great pasta dish with sauteed bell peppers, onions, and sausage.

  26. 26

    No question about it….homemade roasted red peppers are soooo much better than store bought.

    Great tips, too!

  27. 27

    I am totally addicted to roasted peppers – sweet, spicy, any color! Another great dish! I already have the braiser I’ll pass on the giveaway, but what a great dish to have in your kitchen!

  28. 28
    LoriAnne from Oregon says:

    I love roasted red peppers. And yellow peppers. And orange peppers.

  29. 29

    Oh em gee. Do you still have any? Cause I want some too!

  30. 30

    Beautiful bowl of pasta, Kim! I’m craving some ;-)

  31. 31

    My husband makes something similar to this in the weekends and we all love it. There’s nothing like a hearty pasta dish.

  32. 32

    I love peppers!

  33. 33

    Wow, that looks awesome! I love roasted red peppers, so I will definitely need to try this recipe! :)

  34. 34
    Alison J. says:

    I love stuffing peppers with cubed cold cuts, veggies, olive oil, bread crumbs and cheese and then baking them!

  35. 35
    Melissa G. says:

    Stuffed Peppers using any color bell pepper.

  36. 36

    This looks amazing. Makes me miss pasta!

  37. 37

    Can’t wait to try this recipe and more!

  38. 38

    I made this the other night, my man loved it so much he went back for more! Can’t wait to make it again

  39. 39
    Courtney H. says:

    This is my new favorite bell pepper recipe!

  40. 40

    Mmmmm….this sounds wonderful, Kim! I may have to whip up a double batch…one for us and one for the college boys!

  41. 41

    Love this recipe! Get in my belly!

  42. 42

    Just like you Kim, I am CRAZY, nuts about home-roasted red peppers! So easy too! Why buy them in jars? Super recipe and I’m now convinced that you are Italian and you just weren’t told that you were at birth! Thanks for the opportunity for this sweet giveaway! You’re a true-blue, great, fantabulous food blogger!


  43. 43

    Spotted this on Pinterest, immediately re-pinned it and then sprinted over here! Holy deliciousness!

    • 44
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Awe thanks Kelly. I saw you pin and was like “squee, Kelly just repinned me”. I’m a dork like that. I ran over and pin a few of yours as a thank you.

  44. 45

    I wish I had all the ingredients so I could make this tonight for dinner! Looks delish!!

  45. 46

    How long will the peppers keep in the fridge if I make extra. I don’t want to make too much and have them spoil before I can use them all!!

    • 47
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I keep my roasted peppers (in oil) in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Hope that helps. Or you can used the jars from the store. I keep a few jars in my pantry all the time just in case I don’t have fresh peppers on hand.

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