Sausage and Peppers Balsamico

What you need to know to create this sweet and tangy pasta dish…

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. 1/2 of your favorite sausage (I typically buy 90% lean, 3/4 lb. sweet and 3/4 lb. spicy)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1 large vidalia onion
  • 1 lb pasta (any shape you desire – campanelle and penne work well)
  • 3 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • Cornstarch (or flour)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar

HOW TO MAKE IT

  • Fill a pot with salted water and bring the water to a boil
  • Spray a large saute or non-stick frying pan with cooking spray or coat it with 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Remove the sausage from its casing and add it to the hot frying pan – make sure you break it up into small pieces with a spatula (or else you’ll end up with large chunks of sausage)
  • Add the chopped onions to the browned sausage and add an additional tbsp of olive oil
  • Cook the sausage and onions until the onions become translucent, then add in all of the chopped peppers and 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Add in the last tbsp of olive oil and enough balsamic vinegar to cover all of the ingredients in the pan (approximately 3 cups) – this will become your sauce, so you want a lot of it
  • Add 1 tsp of salt (or more to taste) and 1 tbsp of sugar
  • Bring the balsamic sauce with all of the ingredients in it to a boil  – you’re going to cook this for about 10 minutes or until the peppers are tender – be careful not to overcook the peppers, you want to keep them a bit firm (if you want to speed up the process, cover the pan with a lid)
  • While these ingredients are cooking, pour your pasta into the boiling water – it should be done right around the time your peppers are cooked.  Once the pasta is cooked, strain it and put it aside to combine with the sauce later
  • When the peppers are cooked, sprinkle the cornstarch or flour 1 tbsp at a time over your sausage and pepper mixture – be sure to add it slowly because the sauce will thicken quickly (I typically add around 3 tbsp of cornstarch, which is the equivalent to 6 tbsp of flour)
  • Once you’ve reached your desired sauce consistency add it to your cooked pasta and stir together
  • Enjoy!
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