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One Pot Spicy Sausage and Peppers Pasta

This One Pot Spicy Sausage and Peppers Pasta is a robust, flavorful dish that gives you both convenience and incredible flavor in a single pot. Featuring a mix of ground beef and spicy Italian sausage complemented by the sweetness of bell peppers and the tang of Calabrian chiles, this recipe is my hearty nod to Italian cuisine. The use of high-quality jarred marinara sauce makes this a 30 minute meal, but with homemade taste. Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano adds a perfect finishing touch. Ideal for weeknight dinners, this pasta dish simplifies cooking without compromising on flavor.

Pasta with Italian Sausage and Peppers

Need a simple dinner idea that goes beyond your typical spaghetti and meat sauce but only dirties one pot and is done in 20 minutes? We’ve got the perfect option for you.

By combining the hearty elements of ground beef and spicy Italian sausage with the aromatic base of onions, garlic, and bell peppers, this dish captures all of the big bold flavors you are craving without sacrificing your evening standing over the stovetop. The inclusion of Calabrian chiles and red pepper flakes introduces a delightful kick, making each bite a spicy delight. The simplicity of cooking everything in one pot not only makes cleanup a breeze but also allows the pasta to absorb the sauce’s complex flavors, resulting in a cohesive and satisfying dish. Whether you’re a novice cook or an experienced chef, this recipe is sure to impress with its balance of simplicity and taste.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • One-Pot Convenience: Minimal cleanup required, making cooking and serving hassle-free.
  • Rich and Flavorful: The combination of Italian sausage, peppers, and a robust marinara sauce delivers deep, satisfying flavors.
  • Versatile: Easily adaptable to include your favorite vegetables or adjust the spice level to your liking.
  • Comforting: Perfect for a cozy dinner, offering warmth and comfort in every bite.
  • Quick to Prepare: Ideal for busy weeknights, this dish comes together in about 30 minutes.

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Spicy Sausage and Peppers Pasta

Italian Sausage and Peppers Pasta shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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  • Ground Beef
  • Spicy Italian Sausage
  • Olive Oil
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chopped Calabrian Chiles in Oil
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Rao’s Marinara Sauce
  • Water
  • Beef Bouillon
  • High-quality Pasta
  • Freshly Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Fresh Basil

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Spicy Sausage and Peppers Pasta

How to make Spicy Italian Sausage Peppers and Pasta

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  • Brown
    Brown the ground beef and Italian sausage in a large pot over medium-high heat; drain any excess fat.
  • Sauté
    Add olive oil to the pot, then sauté the bell peppers and onions for 4-5 minutes. Include the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Sauce
    Stir in the Calabrian Chiles, red pepper flakes, marinara sauce, water, and beef bouillon. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Pasta
    Incorporate the pasta directly into the pot, adjusting the heat to maintain a simmer. Stir frequently until the pasta is al dente, adding more water if necessary.
  • Enjoy
    Serve the pasta topped with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano and garnished with fresh basil.

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Spicy Sausage and Peppers Pasta

Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta FAQ

What’s the best way to store leftovers?

Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

What’s the best way to reheat leftovers?

Gently reheat on the stove with a splash of water to loosen the sauce, or microwave, stirring occasionally.

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Sure! But make sure to use a hearty, high-quality pasta or you’ll risk the dreaded “mush”.

Add more red pepper flakes for an extra kick. More Calabrian chiles would also be an option. Love cheese? Pile on that parmesan or toss in some ricotta and/or cottage cheese to give it a little lasagna flare.

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One Pot Spicy Sausage and Peppers Pasta

Flavorful one-pot pasta recipe with Italian sausage, peppers, marainara, and Calabrian chiles. Bold flavors that are perfect with a hearty pasta!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Or Whatever You Do


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Spicy Italian Sausage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped Calabrian Chiles in oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 24- ounce jar Rao’s Marinara Sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon
  • 8 ounces high-quality pasta
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Fresh basil for garnish


  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and Italian sausage. Drain excess fat from the pan.
  • Add the olive oil to the pan and throw in the bell peppers and onions. Sauté for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes before adding the Calabrian Chiles, red pepper flakes, marinara, water, and beef bouillon to the pot.
  • Bring up to a simmer and add your pasta right into the pot.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook, stirring frequently, until the pasta is al dente. 
  • Top with shredded parmesan and garnish with fresh basil.


Serving: 1gCalories: 470kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 24gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1222mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9g
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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