In my quest to use up random things in my fridge/freezer/pantry I happened upon some turkey sausage. Knowing I also had some bell peppers and onions, my first thought was sausages with peppers and onions.
But my second thought was - you should mix it with something in the pantry, to use up more of what you have in there. And so sausage with peppers and onions became fettuccine with sausage, peppers, and onions.
This stays pretty true to the classic, without adding a lot of extraneous flavor. What it adds is a nice heartiness that you find when mixing sausage with pasta. Something that sticks to you, and leaves you comfortably full. So that you don't need any kind of heavy sauce, just a light drizzle of olive oil.
Fettuccine with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
8oz fettuccine noodles
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
8oz turkey sausage, sliced
olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste
- Cook fettuccine according to package directions, Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
- Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large pan. Add peppers and onions and saute until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add sausage and cook another 5 minutes, until sausage is heated through.
- Add the cooked fettucine, tossing to coat. Add as much pasta water as you like to create a bit of a sauce and keep the noodles from sticking together.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle olive oil over and serve.