Italian sausage is a good way to break up the monotony of plain ‘ole spaghetti and meatballs. Instead of red sauce, find a good prepared pesto. Sure you could make your own pesto. But I have found perfectly good ones in the market. Do yourself a favor and switch to fresh pasta. It will change your life.

Italian sausage links are a pain in the butt to cut unless they’re cooked. Start by baking them in a 375 degree oven until they are firm enough to slice, about 20 minutes. Don’t over cook them.

2014-03-30 15.20.55-1While the sausages are cooking, slice up the veggies. Then saute them in a pan with olive oil and garlic.Italian Sausage VeggiesToss the veggies around in the pan until they are almost tender. Slice the Italian sausage on a diagonal so they look nice and pretty, then add them in with the veggies.
Sausage and veggies togetherAdd basil, salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes. Don’t cook it much longer than that, or else you’ll end up with dried out sausage. While the sausages, onions and peppers are cooking, boil a pot of water and cook your pasta. Fresh pasta does not take long to cook.2014-04-02 12.58.15Toss the pasta in your prepared pesto and you’re done!

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Italian Sausage w/Pesto Pasta
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Italian Sausages
  2. 1 pound fettuccine
  3. 1 large sweet onion
  4. 1 red bell pepper
  5. 1 green bell pepper
  6. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  7. 2 teaspoons basil
  8. prepared pesto
  9. olive oil
  10. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Bake sausages firm enough to slice, about 20 minutes. Don't over cook them.
  3. Slice onion, red bell pepper and green bell pepper.
  4. Add olive oil and garlic to a hot sauté pan.
  5. Sauté veggies and garlic.
  6. Toss veggies around the pan until they are almost tender.
  7. Slice Italian sausages diagonally, add to veggies.
  8. Add basil, salt and pepper.
  9. Cook together for another 5-6 minutes.
  10. While sausage, onions and peppers are cooking, boil a pot of water and cook pasta.
  11. Toss pasta in prepared pesto.
  12. Serve sausages, onions and peppers over pasta.
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