Super Simple Supper

It was supposed to be Sunday supper, but we couldn't wait. Hence, lunch!


With 20 minutes and a few basic ingredients, you are on your way. Plus this pasta bowl is a no recipe recipe with plenty of mix and match opportunities.

Since we went to Tuscany (brag!) this summer, I am obsessed with pici – a rustic, starch rich, slow cooking pasta. Seriously, I stowed extra poundage to bring home, only to discover it in a modest specialty shop around the corner. I keep it on hand, but your fave pasta with or without gluten will work. Just know starchier pastas can make a “creamier” sauce.

Get the pasta water started first, to speed meal prep. Using a pre-cooked sausage over fresh can help as well.


2 colored bell peppers, halved and sliced

1 large sweet onion, halved lengthwise and sliced

Olive oil

1 package pre-cooked chicken sausage, flavor tbd, sliced in coins

12 oz. pasta

Handful Basil, torn, cut or whole

Salt & pepper

Options: grated cheese of choice, butter, sliced garlic, add other vegetables at will

Cook pasta according to directions, saving 1 cup cooking water for sauce. Melt the veggies in a generous dollop of olive oil for 8-10, medium heat (add garlic if desired) in large skillet. Salt and pepper. Add sausage, browning and cooking thoroughly. Drain pasta. Combine pasta with other ingredients in skillet. Toss with enough pasta water to make sauce (I used the whole cup this time!). Stir in basil. Add butter if desired, cheese to taste.


Published by Betsy Karetnick

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4 thoughts on “Super Simple Supper

  1. My family calls this dish Mom’s Sausage Pasta – we have it at least 3 times a month. My twist is to use spicy italian sausage – squeezed out of the casings and cook it like ground meat. Lots of red pepper, garlic and onion – I use a dollop of pesto sauce 1c pasta water and a hand full of fresh grated parmesan and toss everything together. Any pasta works but our favourite is Spirali – a loose twisted short pasta. Great as a cold or reheated leftover – total time 30 min (ie time it takes to boil a big pot of water and cook pasta for 8 people). Its my go to when strapped for time and take out is not an option.

  2. As a vegetarian, would probaby use a ton of dif vegies (Oh leave out the onions) not a fan of pieces of onion in pasta!

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