Pasta with Sausage and Spicy Tomato Sauce

This was a pretty quick weeknight meal that I threw together as I went along.  Very tasty!  Leftovers were great too.

Pasta with sausage and spicy tomato sauce

serves 4 or 5

Ingredients

1/2 to 3/4 pound mini bow tie pasta

1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 orange bell pepper, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained

1 can (14.5 oz) tomato sauce

salt and pepper

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flake or to taste

1 tsp. Italian seasoning + extra dried basil or to taste

Parmesan cheese for topping

Directions

Boil water and cook pasta as directed.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the oil.  Once skillet is hot, add the onion, pepper and garlic and saute a minute or two.  Then add the sausage and saute another minute or until onions are soft and sausage begins to brown.  Then add the diced tomatoes, sauce, and seasonings.  Bring to a simmer.  Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce.  Serve with parmesan cheese on top.

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