Zesty Pasta, Sausage and Peppers

In my continuing quest to find a fresh way to serve pasta with tomato sauce I came up with this.  Simple and a great way to use up some left over sausage, too.

Zesty Pasta with Sausage and Peppers

Zesty Pasta with Sausage and Peppers

Zesty Pasta, Sausage and Peppers

  • 3 cups pasta, uncooked
  • 1 lb.Italian sausage
  • 1 eachgreen and red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 jar (26 oz.)spaghetti sauce – or use homemade
  • 1 tsp.fennel seed
  • Dash crushed red pepper
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.)Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta as directed on package.

Meanwhile, cook sausage in large skillet; remove and cut into bite size pieces.

Add peppers; cook and stir 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Stir in next 3 ingredients; cook 5 min. or until heated through. Add cream cheese; cook 2 min. or until melted, stirring frequently.

Drain pasta. Add to sausage mixture; mix lightly. Top with Parmesan