Rose Romano’s Sausage and Pepper Pasta Recipe

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I love to get creative in the kitchen, but I’m more likely to stick with tried and true recipes. But last week when I got a package of Rose Romano’s Italian Peppers, I thought I’d try something new.

My little experiment proved to be a huge success and everyone loved the dinner.

Rose Romanos sausage pepper pasta


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Sausage and Pepper Pasta
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Recipe type: main dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6-8
  • 12 oz box penne pasta
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • ½ lb group Italian sausage
  • 1 16-oz jar Rose Romano's Italian peppers (I used red bells)
  • 1 16-oz container low fat cottage cheese
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  3. Crumble sausage in a large skillet and heat til cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add peppers, spinach, garlic, and ground pepper, Stir and cook until the peppers are softened and the spinach is wilted.
  5. Spread a small amount of Rose Romano's gourmet pepper topping on the bottom of a large baking dish.
  6. Add a layer of penne pasta over the sauce (approximately ⅓ of the cooked pasta).
  7. Pour about ⅓ of the jar of Rose Romano's sauce on top of the pasta, followed by a layer of sausage and a layer of the spinach/pepper mixture. Finally, add ⅓ of the cottage cheese.
  8. Repeat the layers 2 more times until all of your ingredients are added.
  9. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until mozzarella cheese is melted.
  11. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

spinach and peppers

spinach and peppers cooked

Rose Romano's Sausage and Pepper pasta recipe
Disclosure: Rose Romano’s sent me a gift box with 4 jars of their gourmet Italian pepper topping, but no other compensation was received. Recipe is a Franklin house original.

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I became a mom in 1996, and in 2005 I had my fifth. Yes, 5 kids. In 2007, this blog was born (my 6th baby that will never grow up) and I've been sharing recipes, photography tricks, parenting tips, and everything in between. You can also find me writing at Home Made Simple, Famous Footwear blog and P&G Everyday. *Add my posts to BlogLovin' or Feedly today!*

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  1. tasty treat for a hungry family looks delicious


  2. That looks delicious! So glad you liked it.


  3. That sounds yummy! My kids love pasta dishes.
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