5 Ingredient Sausage and Pepper Penne

5 Ingredient Sausage and Pepper Penne- easy and delicious, this is the perfect 20 minute weeknight meal.

5 ingredient pasta with sausage, peppers, and shallots.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Penne pasta. You can substitute any other pasta of your liking.
  • Spicy Italian Sausage. You can also sub mild Italians sausage if some people don’t like spice and can always add red pepper flakes to the ones that do.
  • Red bell pepper.
  • Shallot. You can also sub white or yellow onion but I love shallots in this recipe!
  • Marinara. (I love using a vodka sauce with this recipe)
  • Garlic powder, optional item.
  • Parmesan, for topping, optional item.
  • Salt + pepper.
5 ingredient pasta dish with italian sausage, red bell peppers, penne pasta and shallots. topped with fresh parmesan and parsley

Why You’ll LOVE this recipe!

  • 5 Ingredients! Say no more. Any recipe with 5 ingredients is a weeknight winner. This one is simple but not lacking any flavor!!
  • EASY. This recipe is ready in just about 20 minutes which is key on any hectic night. It’s also delicious enough to serve to friends and they will love it!
  • Delicious. We love a simple pasta recipe in our house and this one is a favorite. The sautéed red pepper with the shallots, italian sausage and creamy vodka sauce is such a delicious combination.
red pepper penne with spicy sausage and shallots in bowls with parmesan and parsley

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5 Ingredient Sausage and Pepper Penne

sausage and pepper penne pasta in bowls topped with parmesan and parsley on a pink napkin

20 minute 5 Ingredient pasta! YES PLEASE! This Sausage and pepper penne is so easy and so delicious.  Whip this up on a busy weeknight and everyone will be happy! 

  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 1x


  • 1 lb penne pasta, cooked per instructions on package
  • 1 lb Spicy Italian Sausage, sausage links or bulk.
  • 2 medium sized red bell peppers, medium dice
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced and chopped 
  • 124 oz jar marinara of choice (I love the Trader Joe’s Organic vodka sauce with this recipe)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, optional 
  • Parmesan, for topping, optional 
  • salt + pepper

Other add-in ideas:

  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Parsley or basil, as garnish


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add 1-2 T olive oil and sausage.  If using links, remove the casing and break into pieces.  Break up with the back of your spoon and when the sausage is almost cooked, add in shallots and red bell peppers. Saute for another few minutes until peppers start to soften.
  2. Pour in marinara, salt, pepper, and garlic powder & simmer over low heat.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a generous amount of salt and pasta and cook until al dente.  Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. 
  4. Add cooked pasta and reserved pasta water to skillet with sauce and toss to combine. 
  5. Top with a generous amount of parmesan and toss again.  Serve warm in bowls with more parmesan and enjoy!! 



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