30-Minute Meals: Sausage and Peppers

Working folks’ excuse for eating frozen TV dinners and/or takeout is that they don’t have time to cook. And you have to admit the excuse is getting old since we’ve got dozens of cookbooks and TV shows which give out healthy recipes that we can cook (and eat) in a matter of minutes.

Websites like health.com also feature such recipes. Here’s one from the Health website:

Sausage and Peppers


6 (4-ounce) links turkey Italian sausage

2 cups (1/4-inch strips) green bell pepper

1 cup (1/4-inch strips) red bell pepper

1 cup (1/4-inch strips) yellow bell pepper

6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 (26-ounce) bottle fat-free pasta sauce (such as Healthy Choice)

1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

6 cups hot cooked penne (about 3/4 pound uncooked tube-shaped pasta)

2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Cooking spray

Serves 6


Cover a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place it over medium-high heat. Add sausage to the pan and cook it for 8 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove sausage from pan and let it cool a bit. Cut it into ½-inch thick slices.

Wipe off grease from pan with paper towels and cover it again with cooking spray. Heat the pan over medium-high heat. Add peppers and sauté for 6 minutes. Add sauce and bring it to a simmer. Lower heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

Add mozzarella cheese. Stir until melted. Place 1 cup pasta in each of 6 shallow bowls. Spoon about 1 cup sausage sauce over each serving. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon Parmesan.

Source: Health.com

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