top on my list of things I crave: this pasta

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I am pretty certain that this pasta has been in my dreams many nights lately... I think about it, cook it and eat it... a lot. It is pretty easy and seems to be a huge crowd {Ross + Henry} pleaser.

3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
1 onion
7-8 tomatoes, cut up in quarter size pieces {I love heirlooms or tomatoes on the vine... if they are small maybe add a couple more}
1 yellow pepper, cut up in 1"x1/4" strips
2 red pepper, cut up in 1"x1/4" strips
1 orange pepper, cut up in 1"x1/4" strips {Trader Joe's has all three of these peppers in a bag... if you don't have the different color peppers just do all red... only never green}
1/2 jar Kalamata Olives in oil, strained and cut down the middle
1 package of chicken sausage, cut up {this is optional and super good without too}
2 cups english peas {they just started selling them at Trader Joe's near me}
1 box of Rotini {spiral pasta}
1 bunch of basil, chopped up
1 container of Fresh mozzarella, cubed
salt & pepper to taste
In a hot saute pan over medium put in your olive oil and onions. Once the onions start to get translucent add the tomatoes, peppers, olives, and sausage. Cook this down for about 30 minutes. Once the sauce is almost ready add the peas and salt & pepper. The key to this sauce is for it to stay really fresh. I really like it when the peppers are not too cooked but still have a fresh crisp taste {which is why I like to add the peas at the end}. In a pasta bowl {for serving} pour the sauce over the pasta and then let your family/ guests fix their pasta with the basil and mozzarella on the side.


  1. Seeing as how "Chicken Favorite" is now a regular on our menu I'm going to have to give this one a shot too:) Looks so good!
    P.S. I hope to get to see you prego at some point!

  2. I will be trying this yummy recipe ASAP . Thanks for sharing. Please come ener my giveaway.

  3. Yum! I want to leave work and make this for lunch.

  4. I could totally eat this right 9:21am.

  5. Looks and sounds amazing Mama! What a perfect spring/summer pasta salad! xo Samantha

  6. Why, hello gorgeous pasta! I think it's time I break out my pasta machine again. You always inspire me, Alexis.

  7. this looks divine. I will have to substitute the pasta for GF pasta, but I am so excited to try this!

  8. Yes - Matt (and our small group!!) is asking for it again!! :) He requested it a little saucier so I added a can of tomatoes the next time around and it was awesome! THank you!

  9. I am going to try this! Your photos are always amazing!

  10. This looks heavenly and of course looks like it should be in a magazine!!

  11. This looks delicious! I look forward to making. Have you ever tried this with Quinoa?

  12. It looks soooo good. I love pretty much pasta anything...but this looks especially fab.


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