Italian Chicken Sausage and Peppers Skillet

from the kitchen of MKA

Servings - 6   Serving Size - 1/6th of dish   Points Plus per serving - 9 points +

Calories - 359   Total Fat - 11.4g,   Carb. - 35.6   Protein - 23g,   Fiber - 4.6g

16 oz. Italian ( flavored) chicken sausage  ( I used Trader Joe's Spinach, Fontina, & Roasted Garlic flavor)

2 tsp. olive oil, divided

1 medium onion, rough chopped

1 green bell pepper, rough chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, rough chopped

1/2 orange bell pepper, rough chopped

1/2 yellow bell pepper, rough chopped

3 cloves garlic, diced

salt, to taste

fresh ground black pepper, to taste

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 - 14.5oz. can of diced tomatoes ( no added salt )

3/4 cup dry white wine ( I used Pinot )

1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

12 oz. dry penne pasta or pasta shape of your choice ( I used cavatappi )

fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish ( optional )

1.  Cook pasta according to package directions, but undercook about a minute, drain and reserve.  

2.  In a large skillet, add 1 tsp. olive oil and heat on med high heat until warm.  Add sausages and brown on all sides.  If you are using fully cooked sausages, like the Trader Joe's brand or Walmart ones, you only need to slightly brown them for color or skip this step all together.  If you are using raw sausages, such as the Dirusso ones, cook them until they are almost cooked through, then remove from pan to cutting board. It's ok if they are still pink on the inside ( the raw ones ) they are going back into the pan to finish cooking later.

3.  Add remaining  1 tsp. olive oil to the pan and add onion, cook about 3 minutes.  Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes.  Than add peppers, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper.  Cook until the peppers are crisp tender.  ( you may want to cover skillet to get them to cook faster )

4.  While pepper mixture is cooking, cut sausages into bite sized pieces.  Then add back to skillet when the peppers are just about done.  

5.  Add tomatoes and wine and let come to boil.  Turn down to simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered.  Stir in cooked pasta.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley.  Serve immediately.