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Since going back to work, fast meals have taken on a whole new meaning to me. I love to cook, but sometimes, the only thing I want to do when I get home in the evening is to play with my little girl and spend time with my husband. So as much as I loved fast meals before, I really love them now!

That is one reason I decided to pull out my Pampered Chef cookbook – 29 Minutes to Dinner. I’ve made a few recipes from this book, and they hadn’t steered me wrong, and dinner in under 30 minutes is awesome!! This recipe was good, but it could have been amazing with a couple of changes. First of all, I rarely make a full recipe – I usually cut it in half since I’m only feeding the two of us and a toddler. So what in the world possessed me to make this full recipe – especially when it feeds 8? I guess it’s so that I can tell you that if you make this full recipe, you will need a very big pan. Do you know how much 1 pound of pasta is? My pan is pretty big, but it was basically impossible to stir the pasta around enough for it to toast properly. Instead, I had some of it burn while other parts didn’t toast at all. Luckily, I was able to pick out most of the burnt pieces, but it was a bit of a pain. Also, the bell peppers cook a little to long for my tastes. I like them when they still have a little bit and are still really red, but the bell peppers in this were a bit soft. So, I would add them in later than the recipe calls. But really, this was quite tasty, and I’m sure that with the couple changes, this would be awesome! And good thing this heats up well as leftovers, since I had enough to feed 8!

Toasted Angel Hair with Sausage and Peppers
from 29 Minutes to Dinner

serves 8

total time: 26 minutes

1 pound Italian sausage
2 medium red bell peppers
1 pound angel hair pasta
3 garlic cloves, pressed
5 1/4 cups chicken broth
1 cup fresh basil, divided
1 ounce Parmesan cheese

Slice the tops and bottoms off of the bell peppers. Remove and discard the seeds and stems. Finely chop the tops and bottoms and slice the rest into julienne strips.

Place the sausage in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, until cooked through, breaking into crumbles as it cooks. Remove the sausage from the skillet and set aside.

Add the pasta to the skillet and toast for 8-10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Press the garlic over the pasta and add broth, the peppers, and the cooked sausage. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until pasta is tender.

As the pasta simmers, chop the basil, reserving half for garnish. When the pasta is tender, remove from heat and stir in the basil.

Serve with the Parmesan cheese and some of the reserved basil.

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16 Responses to Toasted Angel Hair with Sausage and Peppers

  1. bellini valli says:

    Thank goodness for leftovers:D Not everything is good as a leftover but in my humble opinion this pasta dish would sing.

  2. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I love quick and easy meals! This looks delicious! Thanks!

  3. newlywed says:

    I love the idea of toasting the pasta — that must result in a great flavor! Where can we find this Pampered Chef book?

  4. newlywed says:

    nevermind — i just noticed your link. i am slow on the uptake this morning!

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A delicious meal! That combination is great.



  6. kat says:

    Yum, this is a great quick pasta!

  7. Monet says:

    I would never have thought of toasting my pasta (I do this with rice though). This recipe has inspired me to make a lovely toasted pasta dinner!

  8. eatme_delicious says:

    I love the idea of "toasting" the pasta! And agree with you that dinner in under 30 minutes is truly awesome.

  9. Kim says:

    I have the 29 minute PC book too and have never made anything from it. This looks delicious. Love the idea of toasting the pasta!

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  11. Joanne says:

    Fast and easy? I'm all over this.

  12. grace says:

    i've never toasted spaghetti, but what an interesting idea! i generally find pasta pretty useless, but adding that layer of flavor and texture would be a great benefit–thanks for the recipe. it's definitely worth tweaking. 🙂

  13. The Comfort of Cooking says:

    What a wonderful dish! You always come up with the yummiest dinners. Definitely saving this to try soon!

    Also, if you’re interested, I’m having a silicone muffin pan giveaway on my blog – You should enter!

  14. squirrelbread says:

    interesting! i will definitely have to give this a try with the roasted fennel pasta tomorrow night!



  15. Chocolate Shavings says:

    What a hearty bowl of pasta, looks delicious!

  16. Diana says:

    Hi, this is Diana from TasteSpotting!

    What a great simple supper! Have you thought about submitting the recipe for the $1000 grand prize in TasteSpotting’s Johnsonville Sausage recipe contest? You can find out more details here – http://www.tastespotting.com/features/sausagespotting-win-1500-dollars-johnsonville-recipe-contest

    Would love to have you participate – cheers!

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