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      RECIPE TITLE "Grilled Sausage and Pepper Penne" recipe from California Pizza Kitchen Pasta Salads Soups and Sides

    yieldsMakes 4 servings time---difficultyeasy

    CPK employees consistently rate this among their top-three personal favorites. Just like our Chicken Sausage and Pepper Sandwich, it captures the abondanza of Italian trattoria food. With the wide variety of fresh sausages available today, you can produce many different versions of this recipe. But we still prefer it with old-fashioned Italian-style sausages seasoned with sweet-tasting fennel seeds and spicy flecks of crushed red chili pepper.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    • About 3 cups Marinara Sauce
    • 8 fresh sweet-and-spicy italian sausage links, about 6 ounces each
    • 1 pound dry penne
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 3/4 medium white onion, thinly sliced
    • 3/4 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
    • 3/4 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
    • 2teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

      RECIPE METHOD

    1. Preheat a stovetop grill or the broiler. Grill or broil the sausages until cooked through and nicely browned, about 12 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes, then place in a covered container and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour. With a sharp knife, cut each link at a 45-degree angle into 1/4-inch-thick elliptical slices. Set aside in the refrigerator.

    2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 9 minutes.

    3. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, just until the vegetables become limp, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sausage slices and cook, stirring, about 1 minutemore. Stir in the Marinara Sauce, salt, and pepper and bring the sauce to a simmer. When it begins to simmer, sprinkle and stir in the Parmesan cheese.

    4. Drain the pasta thoroughly and immediately toss it with the sauce in a large mixing or serving bowl. Serve family-style or transfer to individual serving bowls, evenly distributing the sausage and vegetables.


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