Mafioso spaghetti, sausage and peppers

    40 min

    Beautiful Italian dish of spaghetti tossed with a mixture of pan fried Italian sausages and herbs, with the beautiful colours and flavours of assorted peppers. Inspired by a dish described in the novel "The Godfather", this pasta dish will be a favourite with the entire 'family'! Serve with fresh tossed green salad, crusty bread and dry red wine for a hearty and very 'Italiano' meal.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 225g thin spaghetti pasta
    • 450g Italian sausages
    • 5 assorted peppers, seeded and cut into strips
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley
    • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add spaghetti, and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
    2. While the pasta is getting started, slice sausages lengthways, and remove the casings. Brown sausages in a large frying pan over medium-high heat with a drizzle of the olive oil. Remove sausages to a platter, and keep warm in the oven. Add the peppers, garlic, oregano and basil to the frying pan and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Sauté over medium heat until peppers are tender.
    3. Toss the pepper mixture with the drained spaghetti until well blended and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving platter, and arrange the sausages on the top. Garnish with flat leaf parsley and Parmesan cheese.

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    What fun, Surfwrench! This isn't how I typically make sausage and peppers but I couldn't resist trying this with such a cute and catchy name and I got a kick out of how you came up with the recipe! I used rigatoni rather than spaghetti because I didn't remove the sausage from the casings, so I needed a sturdier pasta. I just cut the links into manageable sections. I added a little red wine and used fresh herbs rather than dried. At the end, I couldn't resist throwing in some chopped, fresh San Marzano tomatoes from my garden. Hubs said he likes the way I usually make sausage and peppers better, but when I reminded him that the whole point was to try something different, he agreed this was very good in its own right! I admit my own Italian bias, but beyond that I have to say you can't go wrong with this recipe - it's delicious!  -  05 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I wedge a large yellow onion and saute it with the peppers, and add more garlic, seasoned salt, fresh ground pepper, and a shake of red pepper flakes. There needs to be enough olive oil to coat the pasta well. My two Grandsons like it done with Polish Sausage, too. This is what my Brother-in-law always wants when he comes for dinner. A tossed salad and garlic bread makes a perfect meal.  -  29 Nov 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I tried this one last night and my family LOVED it!! My Italian husband accused me of stealing the recipe from his mother! The only change I made was I added a large can (drained) of diced tomatoes to it. I am definitely saving this one as a family favorite! Thanks for the great recipe!!  -  26 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)