Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage

Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage

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Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage was one of the first Italian dishes I learned to make. It’s delicious and still one of my favorites.

I love the sweet charm of bow tie pasta. And this sausage and pepper sauce works well with it, covering all the little nooks and crannies, so that every bite you take includes all of the taste sensations.

Serving Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage

It’s an easy recipe to make, so works great for weeknight meals. Except that it tastes as though you’ve slaved over the stove for hours. Really, it’s quite wonderful.

Cook the sausage, and while the sauce is finishing, prepare the pasta. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have supper on the table. Voila!

 

Ingredients to Make Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage

  • bulk pork sausagae
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sweet onion
  • green bell pepper
  • red bell pepper
  • garlic
  • petite diced tomatoes
  • balsamic vinegar
  • parsley
  • basil
  • oregano
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • bow tie pasta
  • Parmesan cheese

 

On Buying Ground Sausage

When shopping for ground sausage, I always look for the lowest fat option I can find. I like Oldham’s Country Sausage, which has 16 grams of fat. There’s also William’s Country Sausage that boasts a mere 11 grams, if you can find it. With either of these brands, you don’t sacrifice any flavor, and it’s not necessary to drain the fat after cooking. A real plus!

 

On Using Fresh Vegetables and Herbs

I love to use fresh vegetables and herbs in this recipe. It’s the perfect dish to use your favorite garden vegetables. I’ve listed onion, bell peppers, and garlic, but I’ve also included sliced zucchini, yellow squash, and mushrooms to this mix. But I always try to include the peppers, as that is what really makes this tomato sauce special.

Using Fresh Parsley
Fresh herbs are always a plus to a recipe. If you have them, use them!

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare your Ingredients

Using a sharp knife and cutting board, chop the sweet onion. Dice the bell peppers. Mince the garlic.

With a fine-edged grater, grate the fresh Parmesan cheese. Set aside until ready to serve.

 

Preparing the Sausage and Pasta

In a large skillet or shallow Dutch oven, brown the sausage. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels, if necessary.

In the same pan add olive oil and saute onion, bell peppers, and minced garlic until tender. Add petite diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, dried parsley, basil, and oregano. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, and then add in the cooked sausage. Continue to simmer for 7-10 minutes.

If desired, you may substitute fresh herbs for the dried. In general 1 teaspoon of dried herbs = 1 tablespoon of fresh cut herbs. I like to use fresh herbs when I can.

Adding the Cooked Pasta to the Sausage Tomato Mixture

While this is simmering, prepare the bow tie pasta as directed on package. Boil for 10-11 minutes to al dente. Using a large spider drainer, transfer pasta to the tomato mixture.

Serving Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage and Peppers

To serve, spoon pasta and sausage tomato sauce on individual plates. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs, if desired. Serve with Soft Breadsticks or Rustic Sourdough Baguettes, or my Tangy Sourdough Bread.This recipe will serve 6-8 people.

My wine suggestion for this dish is Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages. I love how this red wine tastes with any of my tomato pasta dishes.

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*Recipe modified on 9/10/21.

Recipe for Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage

Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage

Here's a delicious recipe to serve with French Bread or Sourdough. A great weeknight dinner idea!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bell Peppers, Bow Tie Pasta, Bulk Pork Sausage, Quick and Easy, Weeknight Dinners
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Dutch Oven 3 qt
Knife Set
Cutting Board
Wire Strainer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup sweet onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 14.5 oz petite diced tomatoes diced
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 oz bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients so you have everything close at hand on the counter.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Using a sharp knife and cutting board, chop the sweet onion. Dice the red and green bell peppers. Mince the garlic.
    If using fresh herbs, you may also chop the fresh basil, parsley, and oregano, if desired.
  • In a large skillet or shallow Dutch oven, brown the sausage. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • In the same pan add olive oil and saute the prepared onion, bell peppers, and garlic until tender. Add petite diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and seasonings. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked sausage to the tomato sauce and continue simmering for 7-10 minutes.
  • While this is simmering, prepare the bow tie pasta as directed on package label. Boil for 10-11 minutes to al dente.
  • Transfer pasta to the sausage tomato sauce and mix until incorporated.
  • To serve, spoon pasta and sausage tomato sauce on individual plates. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs if desired. Serves 6-8.

Notes

Wine Recommendation: Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages

Nutrition

Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 906mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 712IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 3mg
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