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Sausage & Pepper Stew

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Serves four.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 31

Push the pasta down into the soup to keep it submerged rather than adding more water, which would dilute the stew's flavor.

  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/4 lb. hot Italian sausages
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 green bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into thin strips
  • 28-oz. can tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup uncooked small pasta, such as tubetti, ditali, or shells
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 sprigs fresh basil and 5 sprigs fresh mint, tied together in a bouquet garni

In a large skillet with a lid, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and onion; cook, turning the sausages to brown all sides, until the onions are just tender, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and bell peppers and cook another couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes, water, pasta, basil, mint, salt, and pepper (make sure the pasta is submerged). Raise the heat to high and cook until the liquid starts to boil. Turn the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the sausages feel firm and the pasta is tender, about 25 minutes. Cut the sausages into slices or leave whole for serving.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 750; Fat (g): fat g 56; Fat Calories (kcal): 500; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 18; Protein (g): protein g 27; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 28; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 39; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 7; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 1600; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 110; Fiber (g): fiber g 7;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I have been making this for years and it is always a favorite at home or brought along as a potluck dish. There are a lot of ways to tinker with this recipe so it never gets boring.

I have been making this for years and it is always a favorite at home or brought along as a potluck dish. There are a lot of ways to tinker with this recipe so it never gets boring.

Another delicious sausage recipe. Make sure you have some crusty bread to soak up all the juices!

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