We all have rushed evenings when you need something tasty in a hurry. This Penne with Sausage and Vegetables fits the bill perfectly. It’s full of flavor, nutrients, and color. For me, it’s a quick meal because I’m able to multi-task. The first thing is to get the pasta on, then the sausage while the pasta is cooking. While the pasta and sausage are cooking, chop the vegetables. I also like to have vegetables (especially peppers) already chopped to save time during the week. The leftovers of this are perfect for another quick meal or for lunch.

Penne with Sausage and Vegetables

This simple pasta dish has beautiful colors that make it delightful to serve and eat. Using turkey sausage makes this a high protein, but a lower fat meal.


  • 1/2 lb ground turkey sausage
  • 8 oz penne
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 lb broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Brown the sausage in a skillet until no pink remains.
  3. While the sausage is browning, chop the vegetables.
  4. Once the sausage has browned, add the broccoli and garlic to the sausage and sauté for 1 minute.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of water and cover the pan.
  6. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes, or until the broccoli begins to become tender.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 3 – 4 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  8. Season to taste and serve hot.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: Italian

Calories: 270

Fat: 7.8

Protein: 13

Each Serving = 8 Smart Points/7 Points

PER SERVING: 269 calories; 7.8g fat; 7.8g saturated fat; 37g carbohydrates; 1g sugar; 13g protein; 2.4 fiber


  1. Looks and sounds delish!! I have one question – are there no spices or seasonings in this recipe? I can’t help but think it will be very bland. Thanks for your time.

    • Lisa Coffman Reply

      That’s a great comment. It’s why I used Italian sausage, it adds the extra flavor. I also season everything I cook to taste with salt and pepper. If you think it’s a little bland, add 1 tsp of Italian seasoning. You could also add a 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of seasoned pepper to add a little spice. Enjoy!

  2. This is certainly a dish I am planning on making this dish. I don’t see a serving amount per person. Also, would ground turkey breast be an equal substitute?

    • Lisa Coffman Reply

      Hi Cheryl,

      It would be an equal substitute. However, one of the reasons I used sausage was because it was seasoned. Without the added Italian Seasoning from the sausage, I would recommend adding 2 teaspoons of Italian Seasoning. Enjoy!!

  3. Love your site – on this one, it looks like the instructions just repeat the ingredients – can you re-post with the instructions? I’d love to try this one sometime this week! Thanks so much!!

  4. Morning,
    I love receiving your recipes and have enjoyed making many of them for my family. It may have been brought to your attention already, but the instructions on how to prepare this dish is a duplicate of the ingredients needed. It is probably self-explanatory in how to prepare it, but if there is a special step or process needed, it would be better to know. Thanks so much!

    • Lisa Coffman Reply

      Hi folks! I’m sorry about the goof! It’s reposted with the instructions. Enjoy!

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