When we didn’t have four kids and it wasn’t so terrifying to go out to a restaurant, we ate at Olive Garden a lot. Shane always got Sausage and Peppers Rustica and I always got Seafood Portofino. Then one day, Sausage and Peppers Rustica was no longer on the menu. They’ve since added it back on, but it was missing from the menu for a few years.
So, I made up this recipe to satisfy Shane’s need for Sausage and Peppers Rustica. It’s really nothing fancy or special. You could use fresh herbs instead of dried and that would be much tastier.
Every Sunday I make a pot of something and he takes that for lunch during the week. It has to be quick and simple because I usually end up making dinner at the same time. This is a recipe I make for his lunch a lot.
It’s a bit thick because that’s how he likes it. You can always add another 8 oz. can of tomato sauce to thin it out a bit.
16 oz. penne
1 lb. sausage, sliced thinly
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
salt and pepper
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) tomato sauce
2 tsp sugar (optional)
1.5 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
Cook penne al dente and set aside.
Cook sausage for a few minutes, do not drain.
Add up to 1 Tbsp olive oil as needed to cook onion and bell pepper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until tender.
Add garlic, tomatoes, sugar and seasoning.
Simmer until hot.
Sugar is optional. A small amount reduces the acidity of the tomato.
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