The name I have bestowed on this recipe has been “Italian Noodles” but don’t let the name fool you, I really don’t think this is an Italian dish. The only reason I gave it this name was because the main ingredients for it are Italian Sausage and Penne Noodles. I know, real original, right? Ha. Don’t judge too harshly though, I was nineteen when I stumbled across this recipe. I don’t remember where I got this recipe from but I do remember is that it didn’t have a name. At least I wasn’t aware of it if it did, so I guess at the time the best I could come up with was “Italian Noodles”. I thought about renaming this recipe for the article but nothing felt authentic, this is what I refer to it as so that’s how it’s going to stay.
I hope you enjoyed my little backstory, but now let’s just jump in! To get started you are going to need a box of Penne Noodles and a pound of Italian Sausage. For some reason I always have trouble finding Italian sausage so when I do find it I stock up, and you may want to as well! Next you’re going to need 2 cups of Colby Jack Cheese, 2 Bell Peppers (I usually go with red but it doesn’t really matter too much, I just find that the green ones look gross in it), and 3/4 of a bottle of Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette. I also have trouble finding this on occasion but as long as they aren’t sold out Walmart usually has it.
Step One: You will need to heat the water in a larger sized pot until it is boiling and dice bell peppers.
Step Two: Once the water has boiled add the noodles and cook for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step Three: While your noodles are boiling, you are going to cook your sausage in a separate pan until it’s browned, stirring the bell peppers in when the sausage is about half way done. This will cook the bell peppers just enough so they aren’t super crunchy in your dish.
Step Four: Once the noodles and sausage are cooked, drain excess liquid from the pots and combine all ingredients into original noodle pot. I like to put the cheese on top of the hot ingredients so it melts together quicker, but that’s just me.
Okay I’ll admit, the first picture doesn’t look exceptionally appetizing but stay with me and it’ll look like the second picture soon enough! I’ve never steered you wrong before!
Step Five: Stir everything together until it is fully combined and serve! To stir you should definitely use a wooden spoon or an equally as sturdy spoon/spatula. That’s just a warning though, stir at your own risk. LOL
This is a tasty quick dish that your family will love! I feel like I’m almost a broken record but, you’ll be able to sneak some veggies in again! And isn’t that truly every mom’s dream? I really hope to see you again next week. Until next time, I’m rooting for you and adulting is hard.
- 16oz box of Penne Noodles
- 1 lb of Italian Sausage
- 2 cups of Colby Jack Cheese
- 2 Bell Peppers
- 3/4 bottle of Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
- Dice the peppers and then heat the water until boiling in a larger sized pot.
- Once boiling add the noodles and cook for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While your noodles are boiling, brown your sausage in a separate pan, adding your bell peppers halfway through the cooking process.
- Once noodles and sausage are done, drain excess liquid and combine all ingredients into the original noodle pan.
- Stir everything together until fully combined and then serve!