Rigatoni with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword italian, main dish, peppers, sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausages
  • 2 red bell peppers cored, seeded, and sliced
  • 2 yellow onions sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup Marsala wine
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the sausages and cook until brown on all sides, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the sausages from the pan.
  2. Keeping the pan over medium heat, add the bell peppers, onions, salt, and pepper and cook until golden, 5 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, and basil and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir until incorporated, then add the Marsala, tomatoes with their juice, and red pepper flakes, if using. Stir to combine, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release all the brown bits. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Cut the sausages into 4 to 6 pieces each. Return the sausages to the pan. Simmer uncovered until the sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.
  4. While the sauce simmers, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and add to the thickened sauce; toss to combine. Spoon into individual bowls and sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese.