Sausage and Peppers Rustica




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.

Sausage Peppers Rustica
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  1. 16 oz. penne
  2. 1 lb. sausage, sliced thinly
  3. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  4. 1 medium onion, sliced
  5. 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  6. salt and pepper
  7. 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  8. 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  9. 1 (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  10. 2 tsp sugar (optional)
  11. 1.5 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  12. 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  1. Cook penne al dente and set aside.
  2. Cook sausage for a few minutes, do not drain.
  3. Add up to 1 Tbsp olive oil as needed to cook onion and bell pepper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until tender.
  4. Add garlic, tomatoes, sugar and seasoning.
  5. Simmer until hot.
  1. Sugar is optional. A small amount reduces the acidity of the tomato.
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  1. Johanna says

    Looks yummy! This is the type of recipe I miss most since Jerry’s allergy diagnosis. Tomato is out more than once a week, and wheat too. Putting them together? A big no-no.

    • says

      Oh no! I’m so sorry you can’t eat tomatoes and pasta. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to have to cook with food allergies in mind. I’ve always thought you are such a good wife and mom to work so hard at it. I find some of the weird foods you cook with interesting though and I hope you’ll blog about it a little now that we’ve got the MOI blog back up!

  2. Moara says

    I also quite like this dish served over polenta, rather than penne.

    It’s a nice change from pasta, and polenta is gluten-free.

    • says

      That’s a great idea Moara! I’ve only made polenta for my family once. I don’t even remember what we all thought of it. But, I’ll try your suggestion next time.

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