Skillet Pasta with Chicken Sausages and a Creamy Roasted Green Pepper Sauce

I’ve been waiting 259,217 entire seconds to show you this.



But first: what did you think of the season premiere of New Girl? I give it a B. I mean I LIKED it, but I wasn’t howling and licking the screen like usual. Don’t wooooorry, I Windex the screen before licking it, you guyyyyys. (<— no z. Am I growing up? This is sad.)

And The Mindy Project? Did you watch? I give it a B, too. She needs to grow her hair out. And be with Danny. The end.

But ooooohhhh PARENTHOOD comes back next week and I’ve already starting sewing little tissues into my lower eyelids. I’m so dying. I can’t wait. I mean, my Lord. That show + pregnancy hormones + chocolate chip cookies + belly wedge pillows = a hot mess o’ Bev.

Now I’ve waited 259,397 seconds to show you this.

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THIS.MEAL. Pull your chair up. Grab a bib. Write a letter to the city. Get ready to hit print, because your entire life is about to go whirl whirl whirl all around your face and things are going to get blurry and sweaty and confusing and you may need to spike your coffee. Just to save yourself, ya know?

First can I just tell you about the sauce? Because h.a.v.e.m.e.r.c.y. What you do is roast up some simple green bell peppers. All charred up like a good girl. (whatever that means) Then process them with some heavy cream and lime juice. Nope, not even going to shut the front door.

For real, that sauce is going to make you a better person, wife, mother, and you may even be able to finally play the violin after making it.

After sautéing a few more green pepper chunks and chicken sausages, you pour the sauce into the skillet and stand back and cry.

And then you add cooked pasta. And crumble to a new level.

And then you sprinkle on some shredded mozzarella. And sing a version of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” that’s pretty hideous but who cares.

And then you pop it back under the broiler for a nano.


Everything melds together. Everything becomes one. You swat little eager hands left and right because you need to Instagram it first.


And then you die.


God bless your soul.

Skillet Pasta with Chicken Sausages and a Creamy Roasted Green Pepper Sauce:

What it took for 4:

* 3 green bell peppers, one diced
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1 lime
* 1 package (of 4) chicken sausages (flavor up to you!), cut into 1/2 inch slices
* 1/2 pound rotini pasta
* 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Place two peppers on a small baking sheet and broil until charred and black all over, rotating for even roasting. Place in a plastic bag and let steam for 10 minutes. Remove the skins, stem and seeds.

Place roasted peppers in a food processor along with the heavy cream and a good squeeze of lime juice, a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth and combined and you want to punch it.

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain.

Sauté the chicken sausages in a large skillet over medium-high, until browned all over. Add the diced peppers and sauté another minute.

Add the cream sauce and simmer on low for a couple of minutes.

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss to combine. Sprinkle the mozzarella on top and slide the skillet back under the broiler until the cheese is browned and bubbly, maybe 4 minutes. DON’T LEAVE IT. Sorry to scream.

Garnish with chopped parsley and giiiiiiiiiirl.

*it’s not spicy at all since it’s just green bells, so your littles will love it! Ha-biggity. 

*sub greek yogurt for the heavy cream if ya wish! Ha-boom.


I still can’t feel my torso.

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52 Responses to Skillet Pasta with Chicken Sausages and a Creamy Roasted Green Pepper Sauce

  1. Tieghan September 19, 2013 at 8:20 am #
    So excited for Parenthood!! Like so excited! So excited for this pasta. The peppers, the cream, the pasta and all the cheese!! I am just so excited. For like, everything!
  2. Brian @ A Thought For Food September 19, 2013 at 8:22 am #
  3. Kelly @ livelovepasta September 19, 2013 at 8:44 am #
    Those are my fav shows, besides reality TV of course (need to get caught up on season premieres tho)! Also this pasta...wowza!
  4. Sues September 19, 2013 at 8:47 am #
    I've already waited too many seconds to make this! It looks awesome. I totally forgot to watch The Mindy Project but cannot wait for Parenthood!! :)
  5. cassie September 19, 2013 at 8:58 am #
    Holy moly! "And then you die." Yes, I can see why. LOVE. PS - also sewing together tissues for next week.
  6. Courtney @ Neighborfood September 19, 2013 at 10:04 am #
    I was scared there was about to be a spoiler alert at the top of this post. My hubby and I are sooooo late to the New Girl train, we're not caught up yet. But Season 2 just came out on Netflix Tuesday and I think we're already about halfway through, so uhhhh...let's just say I'll be watching Season 3 with the rest of the world by next week. I'm also not caught up on Parenthood (see what not having DVR does to a person?!), so I'm planning to pound it as soon as it comes out...most likely while making and/or wrapping Christmas presents. Hopefully people don't mind tear stains on their wrapping paper. And this pasta?! Holy crap. Roasted green pepper sauce?! In a skillet?! This is all question marks and exclamation points.
  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl September 19, 2013 at 10:24 am #
    I could eat this every minute!
  8. Lara September 19, 2013 at 10:25 am #
    I was going to make a grilled chicken sausage and peppers dish tonight (for the 1235th time this summer) and I just couldn't get myself into it. THIS saved me! It popped up into my pinterest feed and I don't think I'll ever be the same. LOVE the idea, can't WAIT to try it tonight, thanks!!
  9. Mary @ The Kitchen Paper September 19, 2013 at 11:23 am #
    um YES about new girl - decent, but not amazing. PARENTHOOD (OMGOMGOMG) I cannot wait! I can't blame tears on preggo hormones... I just am a straight up cryer. Favorite show (um, also Nashville...). This pasta looks SO good! Thanks for the recipe :)
  10. Amy @Very Culinary September 19, 2013 at 11:47 am #
    1 cup of cream. I'm in.
  11. Paula September 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm #
    um, yum! can't wait to make that sauce!
  12. Brooke September 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm #
    Hey Bev! What pepper would you suggest if you DID want to make it a bit spicy? I'm kind of feeling a little mix of green peppers and poblano peppers with some red pepper flakes - but please advise if you think another pepper would go nicely!
    • Bev Weidner September 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm #
      OMG, poblano would be perrrrrrrfeeeeeccctttttt. Do that! A mix, all pob, whatever you want. It sounds fabulous!
  13. Shari Evans September 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm #
    Bev, that literally just made my mouth water. Thanks for sharing :) Congrats on your pregnancy!
  14. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain September 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm #
    I really need to start watching Parenthood! Clearly, this will be my next move after Breaking Bad if over:) And this pasta, I just died. Twice.
  15. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective September 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm #
    I may be the only person in the world not watching these shows! I guess I'll just have to get caught up soon! This dish looks fantastic, Bev!! Love the pasta, peppers, and of course, the cream! :)
  16. betty (the sweaty betty) September 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm #
    PARENTHOOOD!!! that's all.
  17. Carrie September 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm #
    If I needed to prep this ahead of time and make for a crowd, I could probably just go through all of the steps except the broiling? And make double (or quintuple, who knows), and put in a baking dish? Bake to reheat, broil with cheese to finish? Yes? Also, I may or may not have watched the Parenthood trailer around 15 times. ish. All I needed to know during the summer was that Ryan was going to be back. RAMBER FOREVER! Or is it Amban? Either way, I'm way into this.
    • Bev Weidner September 20, 2013 at 7:39 am #
      Your plan sounds PERFECT! Make it all in advance, even the cream sauce, the pasta, blah blah. Get it all combined in a big baking dish. You could even wait on adding the cheese, or not! Maybe bake it for a little bit, so that it's warmed all the way through and not just hot on top. But oh yeah you just said that. Der! DYING for Parenthood. I'm SO excited to see how this RAMBER thing works works out. Gah, my heart.
  18. Julie @ Table for Two September 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm #
    Holy smokes, this looks wonderful!! Grabbing my bib now!
  19. DessertForTwo September 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm #
    I've always wanted to learn how to play violin! Who knew it was so simple as this? xo
  20. Corbett September 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm #
    I was so underwhelmed by the New Girl premiere. I love that show and felt they were trying too hard. Arg, hope they (the writers) aren't screwing it up.
  21. Des September 20, 2013 at 1:00 am #
    Swooning and pinning this at the same time! I am also so excited for Parenthood and even more excited that it is actually a full season this year. YAHOO! I thought New Girl was pretty good. The scene with Winston, Schmidt and CC and the whole underwear thing had me cracking up. The Mindy Project was ehhh... I am not a fan of the hair. Looking forward to all the other shows coming back next week!
  22. Sam September 20, 2013 at 1:37 am #
    The hubs and I moved to Germany at the end of last seasons TV, so we've been playing catchup on all our gazillion shows between all the sight seeing and whatnot! I didn't even know New Girl and The Mindy Project were already back! So happy, and that Parenthood comes back NEXT WEEK, I can't even stand the excitement/anticipation right now. Guess I will have to make this pasta and sit in front of the tv for days to play catch up before all my shows start their new seasons!
  23. JJ September 20, 2013 at 7:08 am #
    Helloooo Sunday night dinner. If I can wait that long. I think B is about right for the New Girl premiere. It was a lot packed into a short episode but I think it will set things up for the season. And I nearly pee'd my pants when Schmidt said "Look at that. I just looked down because I thought this girl must be wearing sneakers...with shoelaces. And those shoelaces must be tied together because this girl is straight trippin."
  24. Megan {Country Cleaver} September 20, 2013 at 9:06 am #
    I totally agree with your New Girl assessment. It feels like a lull after the end of last season! Just too much going on!! And there is going to be a whole lotta something going on in my face - because girrrllll this be gettin' made.
  25. JeAnn September 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm #
    Ok, I just found your blog via Pinterest when I clicked on a pin of your delicious looking Huevos Rancheros. And girl - I LOVE you! Can I say that? Not weird....right? Ok. So I explored a little more of your site and what's not to like. Food porn pictures, witty humor, great recipes! I will happily stalk your blog now because you are so cool :) I thank you in advance for all the joy I will get from your work. Cheers!
    • JeAnn September 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm #
      Oh yeah, I'm totally making this pasta for dinner tonight!
  26. Marie @ Little Kitchie September 21, 2013 at 7:53 am #
    OMG that sauce! I can't wait to try it. New Girl was meh, but I liked Mindy. Morgan just makes me laugh!
  27. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 22, 2013 at 12:11 am #
    This looks freaking incredible!! And I agree about New Girl, I thought it could be better. But, yay, so excited about Parenthood!
  28. Jennie @themessybakerblog September 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm #
    I agree. New Girl was just okay and why did she chop off all of her hair? Not a fan at all. This pasta is going on my menu. It looks bonkers delish.
  29. Elizabeth September 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm #
    Ermergerd! I want this pasta in my mouth RIGHT NOW!
  30. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl September 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm #
    Oh Bev, my belly is rumbling! It's so loud! I cannot wait to make this, pinning! Thank you!
  31. Kim September 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm #
    OK, found this on Pinterest and making it tonight! Right now. Can't wait.
  32. Leah September 27, 2013 at 8:47 am #
    I'm gonna try doing this veggie and gluten-free--what do you think about using white beans instead of the chicken sausage? I'll sub in brown rice pasta. Super excited--great recipe!
  33. roxy September 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm #
    Love the photos, love the blog. I am new to your delicious world :) I made this dish over the weekend and it was delightful! I must confess, I did doubt you for half a second (what?! a pasta sauce made out of green bell peppers), but you proved me wrong, thou shalt not doubt again. So yummy and a nice twist on the average pasta dish. Added bonus, the hubs who hates bell peppers gave it a thumbs up ;-)
  34. Nancy October 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm #
    Made this last night, HOLY MOLY IT WAS AMAZING. Thank you so much for sharing Bev! This was to die for!
  35. S January 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm #
    I made this tonight with a few substitutions: greek yogurt and whole wheat pasta. I have to say, I was really unsure at first. It might have had to do with the color of the peppers as I blended them after roasting but we really enjoyed this. Will definitely be making again.
    • Anonymous January 14, 2016 at 12:19 pm #
      How much greek yogurt did you use? 1 cup?
  36. Marsha Layman January 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm #
    Wow. Just made this (happy new year!), and it is my new go-to dish. What a great blend of flavours! I had never had chicken sausages before, and they are great! I used red peppers instead of green, but the sauce was still heavenly. Thanks!


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