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Spicy Sausage Pasta

This spicy sausage pasta with chili and peppers is packed with flavors and colors. With fajita style vegetables and spicy sausage, it’s a quick and easy dinner recipe your family will love.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: International
Keyword: dairy free, egg free, nut free, pasta, peppers, sausage, soy free
Servings: 4
Calories: 841kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap


  • 300 g pasta
  • 6 spicy pork sausages
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz/400 ml)
  • 1 chili
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch of salt


  • Boil pasta according to the package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil or cooking spray in a large pot on medium heat. Remove the casings from the sausages, and add them to the pot. Use a spoon or spatula or mash the sausages until it has the consistency of ground meat.
  • Add finely diced chili and garlic. Allow it to saute for a few minutes until the sausage has cooked through.
  • Add canned diced tomatoes, paprika powder and salt and leave the sauce to simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  • Finally, add thinly sliced peppers and red onions. Stir them into the sauce and leave it to simmer for a few more minutes until the vegetables have softened.
  • Optionally add chili powder to taste to make the dish more spicy.
  • Drain off the excess pata water. Combine the pasta with the sauce and serve.


How spicy is this sausage pasta? – The base recipe has a hint of spice but is very kid friendly. Add chili powder to taste if you want a really spicy dish.
Is this an allergy friendly recipe? – It is dairy free, nut free and soy free. The recipe can be made egg free and gluten free by using a pasta type that suits your dietary requirements. Always consult the nutrition label on the ingredients you use if you have an allergy.
Can you make this vegetarian? – Absolutely! Replace the sausage with black beans, vegetarian ground meat, vegetarian sausage or mushrooms.
Can I omit the peppers? – Yes. The peppers give the dish a great texture and flavor, but it’s still good without them as well.
Can I add more vegetables? – You can add any vegetables you like. Try adding mushrooms, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, olives, spinach or kale.


Leftover pasta with sausage and peppers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.
Reheat the leftovers in the microwave and serve them hot.

Top tips

Here is how you get this recipe perfect:
  • Use your favorite pasta. I prefer to make this dish with a short type of pasta, like fusilli or penne.
  • Use a sausage you love. I use spicy pork sausage, but chicken sausage will work as well. Buy ground sausage, or remove the casings from the sausages before cooking them.
  • Add chili powder to taste towards the end of the cooking time. With no chili powder added, the pasta dish has a hint of spice, but is still kid friendly.


Calories: 841kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1097mg | Potassium: 961mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg