Tomato Pappardelle Pasta with Italian Sausage and Peppers

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Calories
362

Tomato Pappardelle Pasta is classic Italian comfort food! It’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner full of hearty sausage, sweet bell peppers, spicy roasted tomatoes and more.

Looking for more pasta dinner ideas? Try this easy butternut squash pasta recipe.

A plate of homemade sausage pasta topped with a sprinkle of grated cheese

This Hearty Sausage Pasta is Made in 30 Minutes!

The sweet, savory and spicy flavors packed into this pasta dish will make you swoon. Each bite is pure bliss for your taste buds! Besides the pasta, everything cooks in a single pan. And it all comes together in about 30 minutes.

Between the juicy Italian sausage, the sweet, tender bell peppers and the spicy crushed tomatoes, it’s impossible to pick a favorite. It’s all seasoned to perfection with fresh garlic and salt & pepper to taste. With a meal as satisfying as this one, seconds are a must-have!

What is Pappardelle Pasta?

Pappardelle pasta refers to a type of noodle that’s long, wide and flat. The name comes from the Italian word pappare, which means “to devour.” Once you try this popular Tuscan pasta, you’ll see how fitting the name really is!

Pappardelle noodles are commonly served with meat, and I love pairing them with sausage most of all. For this recipe, I added in some hearty veggies and classic seasonings to load up the dish with flavor and nutrition.

A close-up shot of a plate full of tomato pappardelle pasta with sausage and peppers

Recipe Ingredients

I love making dinners that use minimal ingredients to bring tons of flavor to the table. This recipe is a prime example!

  • Pappardelle Pasta: You should be able to find this at your local grocery store. If not, try Trader Joe’s or Walmart.
  • Olive Oil: To cook the meat and vegetables.
  • Italian Sausage: Or another kind of sausage you like.
  • Red Onion: Sliced.
  • Garlic Cloves: Freshly minced.
  • Sweet Bell Peppers: Sliced.
  • Crushed Fire Roasted Tomatoes: We use Muir Glen’s 28-oz can.
  • Salt & Pepper: Added to taste.
  • Fresh Basil: Sliced, to garnish the dish.

Can I Use Another Kind of Pasta?

If you’d like to make your pasta with another type of noodle, go right ahead. I recommend using wide fettuccini, as it’s the most similar to pappardelle. Other kinds that work well include linguine, spaghetti, tagliatelle and regular fettuccini. It’s best to avoid shorter noodles like penne and rigatoni.

Three servings of tomato pappardelle pasta with a glass of red wine beside them

How to Make Tomato Pappardelle Pasta

This simple meal is a wonderful option for hectic weeknights. You just have to cook your pasta and sauté some of the other ingredients, then mix it all together.

  1. Prep Skillet: Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat.
  2. Cook Sausage: Add in the olive oil and Italian sausage. Cook for 3-4 minutes on all four sides of the Italian sausage. Remove the browned sausage from the pan and let it cool.
  3. Cook Onion: Immediately add the onion slices to the same pan. Stir them around and sauté them for 4-5 minutes, until they’re slightly caramelized.
  4. Add Garlic & Peppers: Add in the garlic and mini bell peppers and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Add Tomatoes: Add in the crushed tomatoes. Stir everything around and let the mixture simmer for another 8-10 minutes.
  6. Cook Pasta: In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in the pappardelle pasta and cook until it’s al dente, about 11-13 minutes.
  7. Drain: Drain the pasta and place it into a large bowl.
  8. Slice Sausage & Add to Sauce: Slice the Italian sausage and place it into the pepper and tomato sauce. Toss the sauce, then pour it over the pappardelle pasta.
  9. Toss: Gently toss the sauce and pasta together so everything is coated.
  10. Garnish & Serve: Garnish your dish with fresh basil or shaved parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy!
A collage of an image of tomato pappardelle pasta on a plate and a picture of just the sauce

Can I Make This in Advance?

If you’d like, you can cook your pasta ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to make the sauce. Since the sauce will be hot, there’s no need to warm up the pasta – but I do recommend bringing it to room temperature. You also may need to add a splash of water when you pour in the sauce.

Tips for Success

With these helpful tips and tricks, perfect pappardelle pasta is right at your fingertips. Don’t forget to give them a read before you get cooking.

  • Brown the Sausage on All Sides: It’s important to rotate your sausage while it cooks so that it browns evenly on all sides. I recommend using tongs to do this.
  • Season to Taste: I like to season my sauce with a hint of salt and pepper. Add as much as you’d like, and feel free to use additional seasonings like paprika, cumin, ground mustard or fresh herbs.
  • Cook the Pasta Al Dente: Every Italian chef agrees that al dente is the only way one should cook their pasta. This basically means that the noodles should be ever so slightly underdone. Once you pour in the steaming sauce, they’ll continue to soften up a bit.
A plate of tomato, sausage and pepper pasta on top of a large cloth napkin

Serving Suggestions

This easy entree will go great with whatever is on the table next to it. Try one of these extra yummy serving options:

  • Serve with Salad: This Kale and Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad is so easy to make with a lovely champagne vinaigrette to go with it. It’s full of greens, bacon, pecans and more!
  • Pair with Bruschetta: Bruschetta is a classic Italian side dish that features crusty bread, juicy tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Switch things up in a delicious way with my easy Avocado Bruschetta recipe!
  • Serve with Grilled Veggies: From Grilled Asparagus to Corn on the Cob, any grilled vegetable will go great with your sausage pasta. Healthy dinners all the way!
  • Crusty bread: A thick slice of crusty bread drizzled with olive oil pairs beautifully with pasta.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Once cooled, your pappardelle pasta can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Keep it sealed in an airtight container. Reheat it on the stove over low heat until it’s warmed through, adding a splash of water to re-hydrate the dish. Individual portions can be warmed up in the microwave.

Is This Dish Freezer-Friendly?

Yes! Once it has cooled, you can store leftover sausage pasta in the freezer for up to 3 months. Keep it in a resealable freezer bag with all of the air removed. Thaw it out in the fridge before reheating it.

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Three servings of tomato pappardelle pasta with a glass of red wine beside them

Tomato Pappardelle Pasta with Italian Sausage and Peppers

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 35 minutes
  • yield Yield: 7 1x
  • category Category: Dinner
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: Italian

Description

Tomato Pappardelle Pasta is classic Italian comfort food! It’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner full of hearty sausage, sweet bell peppers, spicy roasted tomatoes and more.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Pappardelle Pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 italian sausages
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1012 mini sweet bell peppers, sliced
  • 28 oz. Muir Glen crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • salt & pepper to season
  • sliced basil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Add in olive oil and Italian sausage, cook for 3-4 minutes on all four sides of the Italian sausage. You will want it to be browned on all sides. Remove from the pan and let cool.
  3. Into the same pan, immediately add in red onions. Stir and sauté for 4-5 minutes until slightly caramelized.
  4. Add in garlic and mini bell peppers, sauté for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add in crushed tomatoes, stir and let simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  6. In the meantime bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in pappardelle pasta and cook until al dente, about 11-13 minutes.
  7. Drain pasta and place in large bowl.
  8. Slice Italian sausage and place in pepper tomato sauce, toss and then place over pappardelle pasta.
  9. Gently toss the sauce and pasta together so everything is coated.
  10. Garnish with fresh basil or shaved parmesan cheese.
  11. Serve!

Notes

  • Makes 6-8 servings.
  • To Store & Reheat: Once cooled, store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat over low heat until warmed through, adding a splash of water to re-hydrate the dish. Individual portions can be warmed up in the microwave.
  • To Freeze: Once cooled, store leftover pasta in the freezer for up to 3 months. Keep it in a resealable freezer bag with all of the air removed. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 – 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 362
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 172 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 15 mg

Keywords: pappardelle, italian sausage pasta, sausage and peppers pasta

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Krista
Hi! I'm the recipe developer and food photographer behind all these easy healthy recipes! I love food, Jesus, morning lattes, and am obsessed with fantasy football!

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25 Responses
  1. Molly Bollier

    I loved this recipe! It reminded me of something my Mom used to make when I was a kid. It was really easy to prepare and was a hit with the adults and kids! Thanks!

  2. Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

    Wow…talk about comfort food!! And such a cute pic of your son. I wish I had started food blogging young, he has a great head start!!! 🙂

    1. Krista

      Right! Delicious! And I know! Now I see so many young bloggers and I’m like… why didn’t I start back then! Cason definitely has a head start! haha

  3. Joanie @ Zagleft

    I love that picture of Cason! Absolutely adorable!! I can completely relate about being a blogger, although I absolutely LOVE what I do, it’s nice to turn it off sometimes and just read a non-business related book or eat a meal straight from the stove. This dinner sounds like the perfect meal for a busy evening and your photos are gorgeous!

  4. Michelle | A Latte Food

    When I first started blogging, I had no idea the how much hard work was involved! And that picture of your son is the cutest. The next food blogger in the making 🙂

    1. Krista

      I KNOW!!! But it is definitely a labor of love, that is for sure! 🙂

      haha.. thanks girl. Thats right, food blogger or next bobby flay!!! hehe

  5. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    My favorite sort of dish — especially on a Sunday! I grew up eating pasta each and every Sunday (bit Italian family), and this reminds me of family! Love, love, love the photo of your little boy taking a food pix! Love it!

    1. Krista

      So fun! I love that you had a staple every sunday! We had ham and cheese sandwiches every sunday after church and then veggied out watching football all day. 🙂

      Pasta sounds like a better way to go though, I like your thinking! Glad you liked the photo of my little guy, every time I see it it makes me smile!

  6. Justine | Cooking and Beer

    OMG WHAT A CUTIE PIE! This post totally made my day. 🙂 … and I think pappardelle reins supreme. Love this recipe, cute face! Pinned!

  7. Beth

    Awww look at Cason want to be just like you!! That’s so endearing! But I hear ya friend.. after I spend all day baking for the blog, there is no way I am going to make brownies from scratch just for myself!

  8. Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog

    I LOVE that shot of your son taking his pics! My girls do the same thing, it’s so, so cute! I totally hear you on those blogging blues too. I wish I could just relax on the couch at night without a laptop on my lap catching up on writing posts or editing photos. Maybe when my kids are in school 😁

    1. Krista

      haha… its my favorite part of taking photos and a great way to let your kids get involved with what you’re doing! 🙂

      I’m holding out till school starts too! (deep sigh)

  9. Tonia from TheGunnySack

    That is the most adorable thing ever! Yes, it’s real work, isn’t it? And it’s hard to explain to someone who isn’t a blogger.

  10. Rachel Cooks

    Love the picture of Cason – it looks very familiar! And I agree 100% with your thoughts about blogging. There have been many times where I have daydreamed about how nice it would be to “just” (that’s a joke in and of itself, right?) be a SAHM. But it’s so amazing that we get to have the best of both worlds – even if it means sleep deprivation.

    1. Krista

      haha.. thanks girl I bet your kiddos are doing the same thing at home! 🙂

      Sleep deprivation + being a mom + food blogger = priceless!

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