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Pasta with Peppers, Squash, and Tomatoes


This dish capitalizes on the flavors of the cherry tomatoes and sausage for a hearty dinner.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Everyday Food, May 2012


  • Coarse salt
  • 3/4 pound rigatoni
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 bell pepper (not green), cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 small yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 2 pounds cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Red-pepper flakes
  • Grated Pecorino Romano, for serving


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, then drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add sausage and cook, breaking apart with a slotted spoon, until cooked through, about 6 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer sausage to a bowl.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon oil and bell pepper to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned in spots, 6 minutes. Add squash and half the tomatoes; cook 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup pasta water and cook until tomatoes soften, 4 minutes. Return sausage to pan and add remaining tomatoes. Season with red-pepper flakes. Cook until sausage is warmed through and juices thicken slightly, about 2 minutes. Toss with pasta; if necessary, add remaining pasta water to create a light sauce that coats pasta. Serve with Pecorino Romano.

Cook's Notes

Yellow bell peppers are sweeter than green ones. Yellow cherry tomatoes make for a striking gold dish.

Reviews Add a comment

  • kandt
    13 JUN, 2012
    My son, who is not a squash lover, loved this dish. My husband the picky eater was impressed,also. I miss watching Everyday Food on T.V. Thanks Sarah for the wonderful videos. I look forward to them everyday!
  • pakoss
    11 JUN, 2012
    This recipe was easy, but totally tasteless. It needs a good dose of garlic and some onions.
  • KnitterC
    7 JUN, 2012
    She makes me laugh out loud. And want to try all her recipes! This is exactly like something I would make but I've never tried adding pasta water, will do that next time.
  • Ashley L
    7 JUN, 2012
    Sarah is so cute. I love watching her cook :) This recipe looks great too as always.