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Orecchiette with Sausage and Roasted Peppers

Freshly roasted peppers give this hearty pasta a smoky taste. If you like, you can use jarred peppers, thinly sliced, instead of making your own, and skip step 1. To skin the peppers, char them and then cover tightly with plastic wrap. This will produce steam and make the skins come off easily.

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  • Servings: 6
Orecchiette with Sausage and Roasted Peppers

Source: Everyday Food, September 2004

Ingredients

  • 2 medium red bell peppers, four flat sides sliced off core, ribs and seeds discarded
  • 2 medium yellow bell peppers, four flat sides sliced off core, ribs and seeds discarded
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound orecchiette or other short pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Heat broiler. Place peppers, skin side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; broil 4 inches from heat until charred, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; steam 2 to 3 minutes. Using a paper towel, rub off pepper skins, reserving any juices in bowl. Thinly slice peppers crosswise into 1/4-inch strips; return to bowl. Set aside.

  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.

  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook sausage, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Add roasted peppers; cook until heated through.

  4. Transfer sausage mixture to bowl; add pasta, butter, reserved pasta water, and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

Cook's Note

When cooking pasta, save a little of the cooking water before draining -- drizzling a little of it into the finished dish will improve the consistency of your sauce.

Reviews (15)

  • ElfiePoo 4 Jul, 2014

    It looked wonderful...but it was quite bland. I will make this again because it does make a beautiful presentation, but will flavor it up a bit with my mushroom and garlic olive oil.

  • MTL Foodie 21 Jan, 2014

    Very flavourful and easy recipe! I too added some mushrooms and little extra parmesan. I also wanted a but of an extra kick since the sausage was mild and so I added some hot pepper flakes which worked perfectly with the pasta. Love this recipe and will definitely be making it again!

  • tkayfree 4 Jan, 2014

    Super tasty! Very easy and full of flavor. I would recommend making the pasta after you roast the peppers, so that it doesn't sit too long and stick together. Yummy!

  • babbymartha 30 Dec, 2012

    i made this with sweet turkey sausage,wonderful.

  • 3boysmom 19 Feb, 2012

    my family has been making this for three or four years. If you roast the peppers yourself, it is just delicious. The juices from the pepper, combined with the cheese, makes it very rich. We use whole wheat pasta if we can find it

  • liz_alchemist 14 Mar, 2011

    I love this dish; it's one of my go-to meals. I especially love the cute little ear-shaped pastas. The roasted peppers obviously make this dish, and I have yet to find jarred peppers that are as good as homemade. Roast your own!

  • onelittlebirdie 12 Dec, 2010

    delish! i added steamed broccoli into it for some added vegetables, and also went with fresh grated parm as well as a little chopped fresh parsley to make it even more fab. i have a hard time finding orecchiette in canada, i have to grab a few boxes when i'm in the usa.

  • JessieY 27 Sep, 2010

    My husband and I really enjoyed it! I added 2 cups of fresh spinach, 1 large chopped tomato, and some mushrooms to the mixture. Very easy and a great way to use up veggies in the fridge!

  • saugustine 10 Jun, 2010

    Super yummy! My picky hubby loved it. The roasted peppers are definitely worth the time and energy. I will drain the sausage after browning it the next time - unnecessary oil left in dish. Otherwise, delicious and simple!

  • Jimar 2 Mar, 2009

    Oh my Gosh. Fantastic. I've made it for many different people and I automatically have a recipe card ready because they ALWAYS ask. This is a Winner for sure.

  • sav01 15 Jan, 2009

    We loved this dish. I have food allergies so I substituted rice pasta and pecorino romano (goat cheese) and added roasted red pepper also. It was great. Also added chopped fresh parsley.

  • JLA 8 Oct, 2008

    One of my favorite dishes of all time! My husband requests it constantly. It is absolutely wonderful.

  • 1hotmama 20 Aug, 2008

    I love this recipe! It is very tasty and my family loves it! I would recommend this for entertaining because it makes a lot!

  • Debbie73 25 Jul, 2008

    We just finished this meal and it was delicious. Do not for go roasting the peppers...they were so smoky and wonderful. The only suggestion I have is perhaps doubling the Parmesan and adding an orange pepper! Thank you, Martha. This is a keeper.

  • Debbie73 25 Jul, 2008

    We just finished this meal and it was delicious. Do not for go roasting the peppers...they were so smoky and wonderful. The only suggestion I have is perhaps doubling the Parmesan and adding an orange pepper! Thank you, Martha. This is a keeper.

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