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platted final dish of pasta and sausage with arugula and red peppers in a pan with wooden spoon

Orecchiette with Sausage, Peppers, and Arugula

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This sausage and pasta recipe is a quick and easy skillet meal with incredible flavor, perfect for weeknight dinners with family. You’ll love every bite of this easy pasta recipe!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


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  • 1 pound orecchiette or other short pasta
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 of a large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 1/2 cup fire roasted red peppers
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 6 basil leaves torn by hand
  • 1/3 cup grated parmigiano cheese


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned, 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add roasted peppers; cook until heated through. Sprinkle in basil leaves and stir. Add arugula and cook for 1-2 minutes until it is soft and cooked. Turn off heat. 
  3. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
  4. Transfer sausage mixture to bowl (or keep in pan and add following ingredients to pan); add pasta, reserved pasta water, and Parmesan. Toss to combine. Serve hot! 
  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian