Penne with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Turkey Sausage

Whole grain pasta tossed with a creamy, roasted red pepper sauce and delicious meaty bits of turkey sausage. Enjoy some healthy Italian for dinner tonight.

We really enjoyed this.  Will make again! Penne with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Turkey Sausage Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy PastaWe have pasta whenever I want to re-live our trip to Italy.  It was almost 10 years ago now but is still my all-time favorite vacation.  The food in Italy is simple but tastes extraordinary.  It is all about a few fresh ingredients.   Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Turkey Sausage stills my craving for a taste of Italy.


We started our trip to Italy in Rome.  We checked into a hotel and took their shuttle service.  We got off and realized we hadn’t the faintest idea where we were.  We obviously had not understood the hotel staff telling us where it was going.  We walked around a little and realized “Oh Moly!  There is the Forum right down the hill”.  We are seeing the Forum.  Even though you know going to Italy you are going to see all the famous cites, it is so overwhelming when you do.  We were almost giddy at the thought.  These structures are thousands of years old.  We were walking in the steps of people that had walked, lived and loved in this very spot for thousands of years.  It gives you a sense of connection to the past so strongly and vividly.

We walked around the rest of the day looking at the Trevi Fountain, having gelato, walking down the Spanish Steps and getting the feel for the city.  We didn’t have any particular plans for dinner and happened to turn down a small alley.  We saw a restaurant called Old Bear.  It had a few tables outside so we decided to see if we could eat there.  It was getting dark.  There was dim lighting giving a beautiful glow to the alley way and tables.  We sat and struck up a conversation with the server and owner.  We decided not to look at a menu and just have them bring whatever they wanted plus a bottle of wine, of course.

Dinner in Italy always starts with an antipasti.  It was so romantic.  Sitting at a table in Rome with my husband, dining by the low glimmer of light, the setting could not be more perfect.  Next was the primi which is pasta.  The pasta was cooked with langoustines in a light sauce with garlic and wine.  It was out of this world.  It was simply prepared but tasted like the best pasta I have ever had.  Next was fish, melt in your mouth tender fish.  I was so full after that but my husband wanted more.  They brought out steak, a beautifully cooked steak with rosemary and garlic.  I took a few bites but was too full to enjoy much of it.  It was one of our favorite meals in Rome.  Part of the romance of that evening was the serendipity of stumbling upon this restaurant in a small alley.  We didn’t know where we were and didn’t care.  At that moment, life was perfect.

 

We really enjoyed this.  Will make again! Penne with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Turkey Sausage Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Pasta

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Yields 4 servings

Penne with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Turkey Sausage

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 red, orange or yellow peppers
  • 1 lb. mild or hot Italian turkey sausage
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup Marsala
  • 1 (14.5oz can) fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. Italian or Pizza Seasonings
  • 2 tbsp. light cream cheese
  • 8 oz. whole wheat or multi-grain penne pasta (I used Barilla Plus)

Instructions

  1. Put one of the oven racks on the 2nd to highest level. Preheat broiler.
  2. Wash peppers and place onto a baking sheet.
  3. Put under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes or until top side is blackened. Turn peppers over and repeat until all sides are blackened.
  4. Place peppers into a bowl covered with plastic wrap or a brown paper bag. Allow to steam for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Once just cool enough to handle, pull skin off peppers. Remove the stem and seeds. Do NOT rinse under water.
  6. Place roasted peppers and garlic into a food processor and puree.
  7. In a large non-stick skillet, brown turkey sausage over medium high heat. Continue to cook until sausage is completely cooked.
  8. Pour in Marsala and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Keep cooking until Marsala has evaporated.
  9. Add roasted peppers and can of diced tomatoes. Turn heat to medium and heat through.
  10. Once hot, add salt and seasonings.
  11. Stir in cream cheese until completely melted.
  12. Cook penne according to manufacturer’s instructions. Keep ½ cup of the cooking liquid then drain the rest.
  13. Combine cooked penne with sauce. Add up to ½ cup of the reserved cooking liquid for desired sauce consistency.

Notes

Nutritional value per serving: Calories 470 Fat 15 grams Carbs 52 grams Fiber 7 grams Protein 30 grams

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Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. So simple.... yet so delicious! I can't wait to make this!
  2. I am starting a diet today and this would be a great dish to add to my menu plan! Thank you so much for the idea. Looks delish!
  3. Looks yummy I will have to try with some gluten free pasta- can I ask what brand was the italian turkey sausage or did you make yourself?

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