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Hot Sausage and Pepper Pasta is plated in a white bowl next to a bowl of parmesan cheese.

Hot Sausage and Pepper Pasta

Hot sausage and pepper pasta is packed with jumbo black olives, fresh bell pepper slices, and sliced Italian sausage. This easy 30 minute pasta dish is a crowd pleaser!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword 30 minute meal, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 647 kcal
Author sherry brubaker


  • 1 lb spaghetti pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 links hot Italian sausage
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 bell peppers thinly sliced
  • 1 15 oz can of jumbo black olives


  1. Cook the sausage. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the sausage links and cook on each side for about 2 minutes. The sausage does not have to cook thoroughly as it will be added to the sauce to simmer for additional time.

  2. Sauté the onion and garlic, then add the sauce. Once the sausage is done cooking, remove it from the pan and place to the side. Leave the grease in the pan, then add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is translucent (about 3 minutes). Next, add the crushed tomatoes, salt, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and give it a good stir. Slice the sausage into 1/2 inch thick pieces,place back in the pan, then let it simmer.

  3. Cook the pasta. Heat up a large pot of salted water to a roaring boil. Add the pasta and cook it for 2 minutes under the al dente cooking time. Save 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta.

  4. Toss the pasta in the sauce. Add the pasta to the sauce and mix well. Turn the heat to medium heat and add the pasta water as needed to maintain a good sauce consistency. Add the sliced peppers and olives, then cook for 5 minutes.

  5. Serve. Top this delicious dish with parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and a pinch of red pepper flakes! Mangia!

Nutrition Facts
Hot Sausage and Pepper Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 647 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 887mg39%
Potassium 521mg15%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1272IU25%
Vitamin C 54mg65%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.