Rotini with Sausage and Roasted Peppers

11 Apr

I have this awesome cookbook called “Great Food Fast”… its from the kitchens of Martha Stewart living and it has all these delicious recipes organized by season. The end also has the basics like how to poach chicken, make different rubs, and create pesto, polenta, and risotto. One of the recipes I decided to try was this one, its a short pasta with sausage recipe. Came out really good! and it was pretty easy to make too.

2 medium red bell peppers (four flat sides sliced off core, ribs and seeds discarded)
2 medium yellow bell peppers (same as above)
Coarse Salt and Pepper
1 lb of rotini or other short pasta
2 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter cut into small pieces
1 lb of mild (they used sweet) italian sausage removed from casings
1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese

To make roasted red and yellow peppers, you need to do the following:

Heat the broiler. Place the peppers skin side up on a foil lined baking sheet. Broil the peppers 4 inches from the heat source until they are charred (18-20 mins). YES they will get charred. Its ok! Transfer the peppers to a large bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap so that they steam in the bowl a little longer (2-3 mins). Using a papertowl, rub off the skins of the peppers. Thinly slice the peppers vertically into 1/4 inch strips and return them to the bowl. Set them aside. (SKIP THIS STEP IF YOU BUY PREROASTED JARRED PEPPERS) but this tastes better 🙂

Boil the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 of the starchy pasta water.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook the sausage breaking it up with a spoon until browned (about 7-10 mins). Add the roasted red peppers and cook until heated through. Transfer the sausage mixture to a large bowl. Add the pasta, butter, and reserved pasta water. Lastly add the parmesan, salt, and pepper and toss to combine.

easy delicious dinner for a few days! Prep time: 20 mins, Total time: 40 mins!


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