I’ve been making this for years…since before we had kids. In fact, when we were first married, we lived near a Johnny Carino’s Italian restaurant and went there often. My husband always ordered a “Skilletini” which is a tomato based pasta dish served with peppers, onions, & sausage, much like this one. Maybe that’s why we love this so much. It reminds us of our newly-wed date nights. It was a favorite then and it’s a favorite now in our own home. ~Erin
8 oz. uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
1 ¼ lb. turkey Italian sausage (5 links)
1 bell pepper of each color: green, red, yellow, and orange; sliced into strips
1 lg. onion, sliced
2-4 cloves garlic, minced (I used 1 T. squeeze garlic)
1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
3 T. of pasta water (reserved before draining cooked pasta)
1 T. olive oil
Parmesan cheese for serving, optional (not included in WW points calculations)
Crushed red pepper flakes for serving, optional
Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions; reserve 3 T. of pasta water, drain, & set aside.
Brown sausages in a large skillet over medium-high heat; remove from pan & set aside. You can either leave them whole to cook them, then slice each into four pieces; or you can slice and then cook them. I prefer to slice first and then cook the pieces because they cook faster. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
Cook peppers and onions in olive oil over medium-high heat until they are crisp-tender (about 8 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about a minute).
Add the Italian seasoning, salt, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pasta water, and sliced sausage pieces. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Add penne pasta and stir to heat through.
Serve with parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.
Weight Watchers Info.: This recipe makes 10 servings. Each 8 oz. serving (about 1 ½ c.) is 5 SmartPoints.