A Twist on the Traditional Sausage and Peppers

Basically this recipe came about because I had sweet Italian sausage in my freezer & my friend gave me a recipe for a pasta dish that looked really good… I ended up not having the exact ingredients so I improvised & ended up with a really tasty dinner! I have to admit that I haven’t been cooking much these days. Because free time is sparse between the baby, doctor’s appointments, work, the blog, trying to keep up with the house, and everything else (not to mention trying to have some family time when Joe gets home), my friend showed me how she meal plans for two weeks at a time (I’m actually thinking about doing a post on that soon… if any of you are like me and don’t think about dinner until you’re already starving, this is really helpful!). However, it’s been about 3 weeks and I haven’t even gotten to the grocery store yet… maybe next week (because aside from not always being the healthiest option, it’s also bad for the budget!)? So, in between ordering out, I’ve been trying to cook with ingredients we already have & sending Joe to the local market to pick up small additions.
*note: serves at least 6 but this recipe is really simple to make for a smaller group, just lessen the amount of additions. For example, if you’re making it for two, I would only add 3 sausage links rather than the whole pound and I’d cook less pasta (maybe half of a box) to avoid having too much left over.

1 can diced tomatoes
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 red pepper, diced (you can also use green or whatever you have on hand)
1 box of fresh mushrooms, halved
1 box or bag of egg noodles (or, again, whatever you have on hand)
Parmesan cheese, if desired

Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Cut the sausage into bite sized pieces and cook until browned. Remove from pan, along with most of the olive oil, and set aside. Add the chopped red peppers and mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and sausage and allow to cook until heated through. Serve hot over pasta and with fresh bread and butter! Delicious!

Oh, I’ve also been really into HGTV lately and was inspired by Fixer Upper to create these pretty place settings!

Happy Friday, guys! I hope you all have a great weekend!


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