Smoky Pepper & Sausage Pasta Recipe (video)

smoky sausage pasta in blue dish, with peppers and fresh basil

Say ‘hello’ to your new favorite sausage pasta! My smoky pepper and sausage pasta recipe is super easy to make and full of incredible flavor! It’s made with a bold and smoky marsala wine sauce, along with lots of smoky sausage, oven-roasted sweet red bell peppers and basil, to create an unforgettable flavor combination. You will love every bite of this flavor-packed dish! This delicious pasta recipe was sponsored by Holland House cooking wines, a line of flavor-enhancing premium cooking wines.

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How to Make Pepper Pasta

This incredible sausage and pepper pasta recipe starts with the oven-roasted sweet bell peppers. Getting some color on the peppers really adds a great deal of flavor and even more smokiness to the recipe. Next, it’s the sausage! I recommend going to with a smoky variety such as a good quality kielbasa. Once the sausage is well-browned, the marsala wine sauce starts to come together. Just add the wine, tomato sauce, seasonings, sausage and pepper and you’re all set! I like to finish off the dish with heavy cream and parmesan cheese for extra creaminess!

penne pasta with marsala wine sauce, sausages and basil

Sponsored by Holland House

Cooking wines are great for everyday meals! I’ve been using Holland House cooking wines since I started cooking. My mom always had this cooking wine in her pantry and now I love to use it in my kitchen, too. I love adding Marsala wine to my pasta dishes, chili and cold-weather stews. Try adding a few tablespoons of Marsala cooking wine to your stroganoff for an amazing boost of flavor! Explore all 5 flavors that Holland House has to offer on their website and Facebook page.

pepper pasta with sausage in skillet, topped with parmesan cheese and basil

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Smoky Pepper & Sausage Pasta with video

Smoky Pepper & Sausage Pasta Recipe (video)

15 minutes prep + 30 minutes cook
6 servings
Quick and easy smoky sausage pasta with creamy and smoky pepper sauce!


  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 lb smoky sausage
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Holland House ‘Marsala’ cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheeese
  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • small bunch fresh basil


  • Prepare the roasted red bell pepper. Preheat oven to 425F. Cut each red bell pepper into quarters, discarding the seeds and removing any white membrane. Arrange the peppers on a small baking dish. Drizzle generously with olive oil; season with salt and ground black pepper. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes, until peppers are slightly charred and tender. Once peppers are done, dice the peppers into pea sized pieces.
  • Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the sausage. Remove any casings, if needed, and slice sausage into small disks. Preheat a large, cast-iron pan over medium heat. Add the sliced sausage and brown all over. Remove the sausage from the pan and into a small bowl; set aside.
  • Prepare the sauce. Into the same pan, add the diced shallot and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until tender. Add all of the spices and seasonings and tomato paste. Add Holland House ‘Marsala’ cooking wine. Cook the sauce for 5 minutes. Add the diced roasted red bell pepper. Return the sausage to the pan and mix all ingredients together, then bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, to allow flavor to develop. Add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Cook until cheese is completely melted.
  • Once sauce has cooked, add the prepared pasta and toss to coat. Garnish the top with chopped basil and more Parmesan cheese.


Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1474mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2480IU | Vitamin C: 74mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 3mg