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Sausage and Pepper Pasta Fra Diavolo

Sausage and Pepper Pasta

Sausage and Pepper Pasta Fra Diavolo

(inspired by a Sausage and Pepper Pasta recipe from Hormel Kitchens)

Since I love my marinara sauce kicked up with heat, I decided to change up the Hormel recipe and  raise the temperature by making a Fra Diavolo sauce. If you prefer a milder sauce, use the Hormel recipe itself.


2 T olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced assorted bell peppers
1 large jalapeno pepper
2 habanero peppers
1 small red onion, thinly sliced and cut into wedges
1 (12-ounce) pkg Hormel Natural Choice Apple Gouda Chicken Sausage, sliced diagonally into 1/4-inch pieces
1 (24-ounce) jar pasta sauce of your choice
1 10 oz can tomato sauce
1 pound rigatoni
Freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

apple gouda sausage and veggies Directions

1. In a food processor or blender, process 10 oz tomato sauce, 2 habanero  peppers and one large jalapeno pepper until smooth. Set aside. (Note: Don’t remove seeds from peppers.)

2. In large skillet, heat oil. Add bell peppers and onion; sauté 5 to 7 minutes or until softened. Remove to plate.

thinly sliced peppers sauteed

3.  Add sausage to skillet; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Return sautéed vegetables to skillet. Stir in pasta sauce and blended pepper sauce. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated thoroughly.

4. Meanwhile, cook rigatoni according to package directions; drain. Top with sauce. Serve with cheese, if desired.

I took a chance that the Apple Gouda chicken sausage flavor would work with the peppers, and I’m so glad I did. It was a very unique combination of flavors and I loved it.

Makes about 6 servings. Enjoy!

Sausage and Pepper Pasta


What kind of chicken sausage do you think you’d like to try in a pasta recipe? (Apple Gouda (like me), Jalapeno Cheddar, Spinach Asiago or ???)


I’m a Hormel Foods ambassador, and Hormel provided recipe inspiration, but the above recipe and all opinions are my own.

About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.