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This delicious One Pot Sausage and Peppers Pasta is the perfect easy weeknight meal the whole family will devour. The pasta is cooked right in the skillet, soaking up all the delicious flavors from the sausage and peppers….YUM!

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A simple pan of sausage and peppers is a staple dish for Italians.  I turned it into a hearty pasta dish that’s cooks all in one pot, making it great for busy weeknights.  Serve alone or with a side of garlic bread and a salad and you’re set!

I love making pasta dishes in a “one pot” format for a couple reasons.  The first reason is quite obvious – there’s simply very few dishes!  Next, it saves time since you don’t have to wait around for a large pot of water to boil.  And second, you get so much more flavor as the sauce gets soaked into the pasta and the flavors from the sausage and peppers really meld together beautifully.

Ingredients needed to make sausage and peppers pasta.

Ingredients Needed (Amounts in Recipe Card Below)

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sausage Links – I used mild Italian sausage links, but you could also use hot Italian sausage, sweet Italian sausage or a combination. I personally LOVE the Johnsonville brand.
  • Bell Peppers – I like using a mix of different colors.  Red bell pepper is a little more sweet (same with yellow and orange bell peppers) and green bell pepper adds a different flavor dimension, so a combination is great!
  • Onion – White onion or yellow onion will work best
  • Water
  • Italian-Style Diced Canned Tomatoes – If you can’t find (or don’t have) this specific flavor, you can use plain diced tomatoes and add 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning.
  • Tomato Sauce – You can use 1/2 cup tomato paste + 1/2 cup water instead.
  • Sugar, Salt and Black Pepper
  • Pasta – Any short pasta such as bowtie (farfalle), penne, rigatoni, orecchiette or rotini pasta will work great.

How to Make One Pot Sausage & Peppers Pasta

First, add the oil into a large skillet over a burner on medium-high heat.  Brown the sausages on one side.

A large skillet with Italian sausage links being browned.

Flip the sausages and add the peppers & onions, giving them a quick stir.  You’ll let the sausages brown on this side and the veggies will begin to soften.

Italian sausage links being cooked in a skillet with sliced peppers and onions.

Next, you’ll add 1/2 cup of the water and let the sausages simmer until they’re fully cooked.  Remove them from the pan and slice ’em up!

To the large skillet, you’ll add the water, tomatoes, seasonings and dry pasta.  Give it a stir, cover and bring the mixture to a rolling boil.

A pasta skillet dish with peppers, onions and bowtie pasta.

Cook until you’ve got al dente pasta then stir the sliced sausages to the skillet.

Fun Ways to Mix It Up!

  • Make it a Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta by using hot sausage links and some crushed red pepper at the end.
  • Add cream cheese and/or heavy cream at the end to make it a creamy sauce.
  • Top with a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese for all the cheese lovers!
Overhead view of a plate of bowtie pasta, sliced sausages and a red sauce with a sprig of basil on top.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I store leftover pasta?

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.  You can also freeze this dish for up to 3 months.

Can I make this dish Gluten-Free?

You can with a few simple changes.  First, you’ll want to use a gluten-free pasta.  Then, just double-check that the rest of the ingredients are gluten-free (some sausage brands are and some are not gluten-free).  With or without gluten, it’s still a super simple one-pot meal!

Can I use leftover sausage?

If you’ve got leftover cooked Italian sausages (or even cooked ground sausage), you can definitely use that!  Simply begin by sauteing the veggies and add the sausage at the end until heated through.

Fork with a bite of sausage and peppers pasta on it.

Other One Pot Pasta Recipes I Love

Creamy Red Pepper Pasta Skillet

One Pot Enchilada Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta

One Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta

Close-up of sliced sausage in a pasta mixture.
Sausage & Peppers Pasta on a white plate with a skillet in the background.
5 from 1 vote

One Pot Sausage and Peppers Pasta

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
This delicious One Pot Sausage and Peppers Pasta is the perfect easy weeknight meal the whole family will devour. The pasta is cooked right in the skillet, soaking up all the delicious flavors from the sausage and peppers….YUM!


  • One Large Skillet


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • One pound Italian sausage links
  • 2 cups sliced bell peppers
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cup water divided
  • One 14.5 ounce can Italian-style diced tomatoes drained
  • One 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces uncooked bowtie pasta or other short pasta


  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil.
  • Once hot, add the sausage links and let sear for 3 minutes.
  • Flip the sausages and add the peppers, onion and minced garlic; let cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and cover with the lid; let simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the sausage reaches 160℉.
  • Remove the sausages to a cutting board.
  • Add the remaining water, drained tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, salt, pepper and pasta to the large skillet with the peppers and onions.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender.
  • Slice the sausages and stir into the pasta.
  • Serve warm with parmesan cheese, if desired.


Try it topped with parmesan cheese and fresh basil for a fun garnish and added flavor.
Add an additional 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water if the pasta isn’t cooked thoroughly but the water is mostly soaked up.
Stir in 2-4 ounces of cream cheese or 1/4 cup heavy cream at the very end for a little creaminess.
Add a pinch of red pepper flakes at the end for added spice.


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11.9g | Cholesterol: 57.5mg | Sodium: 950mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 423.3IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.8mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight, and it was a hit! So yummy!