This sausage pasta recipe is a quick weeknight meal, ready in about 25 minutes. 

Italian sausage is browned with onion and simmered in a quick homemade sauce with sweet bell pepper and zesty tomatoes. Stir in some fresh herbs and a sprinkle of cheese for the perfect weeknight meal.

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Italian Sausage Pasta

This is definitely a favorite easy pasta recipe in our family!

Hearty and heartwarming, this quick sauce goes from stovetop to tabletop in mere minutes! Don’t forget the cheesy garlic breadsticks, and a side of sautéed brussels sprouts!

ingredients to make Sausage Pasta

Ingredients and Variations

SAUCE Italian sausage, onions, peppers, and tomatoes are the base of this sauce! Toss in a few seasonings and spices and let it simmer until thickened. Perfection!

PASTA Mix in the pasta and serve it hot! This recipe calls for penne, bowties, or rotini, but feel free to make this sausage dish with any of your favorite kinds of pasta.

VARIATIONS One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s a great vehicle for leftovers! So leftover ground beef, turkey, or even cubes of ham can be used in place of the sausage. Nearly any kind of leftover veggies can be added, too.

sausage and tomatoes in a pan for pasta

How to Make Sausage Pasta

  1. Boil pasta until al dente (a little firm) per recipe below.
  2. Brown sausage and onion. Add bell pepper and garlic.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, sauce, paste, and seasonings, simmer.
  4. Add pasta to sausage mixture, simmer, and serve immediately with parmesan and cheese.

sausage pasta sauce with penne noodles

PRO TIP: For a really cheesy dish, top the prepared dish with mozzarella and parmesan cheese and broil 3-5 minutes.

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Did you make this Easy Sausage Pasta? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Quick and Easy Sausage Pasta

With Italian sausage, veggies, & sauce, this pasta dish is perfect for a weeknight meal!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound Italian sausage mild or hot
  • ½ onion sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes with juices
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 ounces medium pasta penne, bowties or rotini
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • parsley and parmesan cheese for serving, optional


  • Cook sausage and onion in a large skillet until no pink remains. Drain fat.
  • Add bell pepper and garlic, cook 2-3 minutes or until pepper begins to soften.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes with juices, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning. Simmer 5 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in salted water until al dente (do not overcook). Drain well.
  • Add pasta to sausage and simmer 1 minute. Garnish with parsley and parmesan if desired.


Leftover pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 2.5cups | Calories: 672 | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1374mg | Potassium: 1092mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1479IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
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  1. This is absolutely awesome. I used Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage and only used about 6 ounces of rotini because my husband doesn’t like a lot of pasta in dishes. We loved it!! I love all your recipes, as does my husband. So glad I found you!!! Keep ’em coming!!!5 stars

  2. I have to admit the photo got me. It reeled me in. It looked so pretty. I just made this and followed the recipe to a T, something I rarely do. It was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! I will definitely be making this again. I used spicy sausage and it was a good choice.
    I have always been really happy with all of Holly’s recipes and don’t tweak them at all as they are always so good. Thanks Holly for another great dish!