I love to have quick and easy meals that I know I can make anytime because I have everything on hand. Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Ragu is one of those meals for me. I know that I keep everything on hand, so it’s easy to make during the week when I don’t know what else to cook. I’ve found that the key to this delicious sauce is a little bit of red wine. The red peppers and tomatoes work so well together, and the spices in the Italian sausage and oregano enhance the sauce flavor. But the wine adds a depth of flavor that is richer and deeper. The sauce isn’t like tomato tasting but instead has a more well rounded flavor. I personally am not a huge fan of wine and don’t drink it, so I make sure to simmer my sauce for long enough that the alcohol is completely evaporated. By that time, the wine has really cooked into the sauce and made it just perfect.

Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Ragu

This is a delightful meal that the whole family will love. The penne and sausage topped with a perfect Italian ragu is classic and delicious. The roasted red peppers and red wine add a richness to this sauce that is truly wonderful.


  • 4 oz gluten free corn penne
  • 1 lb Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 oz roasted red peppers
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet or dutch oven.
  3. While the turkey browns, mince the garlic and dice the onion and red peppers.
  4. Once the turkey is cooked, add the onion and garlic and saute for 2 – 3 minutes.
  5. Add the peppers and tomatoes and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato paste, red wine and oregano. Mix well to combine.
  7. Simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
  8. Reduce heat and add the pasta to reheat it. Stir.
  9. Serve immediately garnished with the parsley.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s) Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Diet tags: Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Italian

Calories: 364

Fat: 10

Protein: 26

Entire recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is about 1 3/4 cups.
Each serving = 11 Smart Points/9 Points
PER SERVING: 364 calories; 10g fat; 3.1g saturated fat; 38g carbohydrates; 12.8g sugar; 26g protein; 5g fiber


  1. I’m so happy I pinned this recipe. I made this tonight and the whole family LOVED it! I used 8oz of Penne noodles which will give us enough for lunch tomorrow. Also, I added a little Italian seasoning to the meat and 1/2 cup of chopped green bell pepper, delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Why is there two point values? 6 and 9 any clarification would help only really how many points the meal is…

  3. Is there anything I could use as a substitute for the red wine? Thanks so much!!

  4. Are the roasted red peppers you are using from a jar or do you roast them yourself?

    • Lisa Coffman Reply

      I used jarred roasted red peppers since I was in a hurry, but you can use ones that you’ve roasted yourself.

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