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Creamy Rigatoni with Sausage and Red Peppers

I have a new recipe to share!  Yum...  this lightened up version of Creamy Rigatoni with Sausage and Red Peppers is so good!

I've never actually cooked Italian sausages in casings before.  I've always just bought ground or precooked/smoked sausage.  The sausage definitely easy to cook and this recipe was fabulous!  (I admit, I did break out my digital thermometer for the sausage, I have a major fear of under-cooking meats.)

Lightened up version of Creamy Rigatoni w/ Sausage and Red Peppers.  Yum!

Creamy Rigatoni w/ Sausage and Red Peppers {lightened up}

  • 8 oz uncooked rigatoni, plus salt for the water
  • 8 oz uncooked Italian-style sausages
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms (I left the mushrooms out, but I bet they would make the recipe even better!)
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) milk
  • 1/2 tsp table salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tbsp of  Italian seasoning
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup raw onion, sliced 
  • olive oil  
  • 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook sausage according to package directions.  (Mine said to brown over medium high heat for about 5 minutes or so, then add a half cup of water, cover with lid and simmer for 12 minutes.)  
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions. 
  3. Once the sausages are cooked, remove from heat and cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.
  4. Add red peppers, onions, mushrooms and garlic to skillet and saute with oil for about 3 minutes. Add sausage and Italian seasoning, cook for a few more minutes.
  5. In a measuring cup, whisk together flour and milk until smooth; stir into skillet with sausage and veggies. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Bring sauce to a boil; simmer until thickened.
  6. Once pasta has finished cooking, drain and add to skillet along with Parmesan cheese.  Toss to coat.
Serve and Enjoy!

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  1. Oh I love Italian Sausage. This looks incredible! Found you from Jam Hands.
    Another easy dinner with Italian Sausage (in casings). Put the links (uncooked) in bottom of slowcooker, add a jar of spaghetti sauce and a sliced green pepper. Cook on low for 6 hours, serve on a hoagie or french roll. DELISH.

  2. This recipe looks amazing. I can't wait to try it. Pinning it right now. :) Megan

  3. this looks delicious! i always love coming to your blog and finding all these new recipes and crafty ideas. thank you for sharing! because of that, Jamie, i have tagged you in my blog post with the Blogger Appreciation Award! :]

  4. I know my family would LOVE this. I have some kelbasa (for heaven's sake - how do you spell that?)and maybe that would work? Anyway, it looks great. Linda

  5. This looks AMAZING!!! We would love for you to link this up at our link party on Saturday at! Hope to see you there!

  6. Great photography skills! This looks tasty! Please link up to Foodie Friday Don't forget to leave me a comment too!

  7. YUM YUM! So happy to have found you and this recipe! We would love for you to come and link up with us on Tuesdays, Kids in the Kitchen. Hope to see your amazing recipe shared with us:
    Blessings to you! Many thanks, Carrie-

  8. Hi Jaimie,
    This is a wonderful dish that we would just love! Hope you are having a wonderful Spring day. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. This looks delicious! I Would love to have you link up to my 2 carnivals today.... (anything food related) and (deserts only). Hope to see you around!

  10. What a great dish! My whole family would love this so thank you for sharing the recipe.

    My weekly Say G’day Saturday Linky Party is on now and I would be so thrilled if you could join in and link up this yummy post!

    Best wishes for a fabulous weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

  11. This sounds so delicious. We love pasta in our house. I'll definitely have to give this a whirl. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

  12. I am allergic to EVERYTHING, but I've found four recipes on your site (through Spoonful) that totally comply with my allergy needs! Thank you!

  13. I love using sausage in the meals I make. It's comfort food to me for some reason. This sounds wonderful!


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