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Chicken and Pepper Penne in a Garlic Wine Sauce

This pasta dish is light & packed with flavor.  It requires a bit of chopping, but trust me when I tell you it is worth it in the end.  And, technically, it could be considered a one pot meal…so there’s an added bonus.  I would consider my mom to be a very good cook with very high expectations when it comes to food. When I served this dish to her, not only did she think it was great, she said she would order it at a restaurant!

I have made this a few times now with a few variations.  I’ll point those out along the way.DSC_0906

To begin, get the water boiling for the noodles.  I am having you do this first because you need some of the pasta water for the sauce.  Once the water is going, start chopping the veggies and sausage.  First the onions, then the pepper and lastly, the sausage.  

Since the sausage is pre-cooked, you can cut it up and just add it to the dish or you can grill it.  I have done it both ways…not sure it really made a difference.  If you are in a time crunch, don’t bother grilling it.

In a large pot, melt the butter on med/high heat and add the onions.  Sauté the onions until they start to caramelize.  Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes and let cook for about 2 more minutes.  The garlic will be fragrant.  

Side note: The first time I made this, I cut up the onion, garlic and peppers and accidentally put them all in the pan at the same time.  Truthfully, it didn’t make a difference in the end.  penne_1

Add peppers and sauté for 3-5 minutes until peppers start to soften. Add in sausage and then the wine.  Bring the heat down to medium and simmer for approx. 3 minutes.  

Sausage Note: I have tried two different flavors of chicken sausage – Tomato Basil & Italian.  By far, the tomato basil was the best.  I think it adds most of the flavor to the dish.

Wine note: I used Rhine Wine because I had it on hand.  Any dry-ish white wine will work.  Even a sweeter wine will work.  penne_2

Now, back to the pasta.  Pasta should be al dente – slightly undercooked – because it will simmer a bit longer once it is added to the peppers & sausage.  Strain noodles….Make sure to reserve 2-3 cups of the pasta water. Add pasta & reserved pasta water into the pot.  Bring to a boil and let the sauce slightly thicken.  Add salt and finely grated parmesan cheese and turn down the heat to a simmer.  Stir frequently.

Pasta Note: I have used regular pasta and quinoa pasta.  The quinoa pasta packs in a little more flavor and lot more protein.  Penne_3

When you are ready to serve, top with shredded parmesan cheese.  

Chicken and Pepper Penne in a Garlic Wine Sauce
Pasta in a light sauce packed with flavor
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Ingredients
  1. 8oz. Penne Pasta
  2. 3 Tbsp butter
  3. Medium white onion - finely chopped
  4. 4-5 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  5. 1/8 tsp Red pepper flakes
  6. Red pepper
  7. Orange pepper
  8. Yellow pepper
  9. 4-5 links tomato basil chicken sausage
  10. 2 cups Pasta water
  11. 1 cup white wine - I used rhine wine
  12. 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  13. 1/4 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Boil for the noodles. Do this first because you need some of the pasta water for the sauce.
  2. Start chopping the veggies and sausage. First the onions, then the pepper and lastly, the sausage.
  3. In a large pot, melt the butter on med/high heat and add the onions. Sauté the onions until they start to caramelize. Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes and let cook for about 2 more minutes. The garlic will be fragrant
  4. Add the peppers and sauté for about 3 minutes until the peppers start to soften
  5. Reduce heat to medium and add the sausage and white wine. Simmer for about 3-5 more minutes
  6. Pasta should be al dente
  7. Strain noodles....Make sure to reserve 2-3 cups of the pasta water.
  8. Add pasta & reserved pasta water into the pot. Bring to a boil and let the sauce slightly thicken.
  9. Add salt and finely grated parmesan cheese and turn down the heat to a simmer
  10. Stir frequently
  11. Top with grated parmesan cheese & serve!
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