Pasta Salad with Sausage & Peppers; flowers

I was first introduced to the combination of sausage and peppers at the Renaissance Festival in Minneapolis It was a ‘Knave Sandwich’ (I think).

Basically, it was sausage, peppers, and onions in a bun. I loved it.

As I progressed to adulthood and could no longer eat everything in sight I started eating the sausage, peppers, and onions without the bun.

As I started cooking and paying attention to what I ate I played around a bit more with the combination. I finally learned that I could eat anything I wanted to eat – I just couldn’t eat as much of it as I wanted to eat.

(When I was in college, working at a diner, my favorite snack was a big bowl of mashed potatoes swimming in gravy. I weighed 95 lbs.)

This is one of my favorites sausage & pepper recipes: Warm Pasta Salad.

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Pasta Salad with Sausage & Peppers

We like having this salad warm, for dinner.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta


  • 1 1/4 cups (4oz, 120gr) bite-sized pasta
  • 12oz (360gr) sausages, any flavor
  • 1/2 red pepper. sliced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs red wine
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs whole grain mustard
  • 1/3 cup (1.5oz. 45gr) shredded cheese
  • 2 tbs fresh marjoram leaves


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. When done, drain.
  • Heat 2 tbs oil in large skillet.
  • Add onions, peppers and sauté for 10 minutes, until starting to get tender. 
  • Ass sausage to skillet and sauté until cooked through.  
  • In a small bowl whisk together the wine, Worcestershire, vinegar and mustard. 
  • When sausages are cooked and pasta is done and drained, add the wine mix to the skillet. 
  • Bring to a boil, stirring to combine, then remove from heat. 
  • Add pasta and herbs, stir well. 
  • Put into a large pasta or salad bowl, sprinkle with cheese and serve.


Substitute dried 1 tsp dried marjoram or oregano for the fresh.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 1100
  • Sugar: 7.2 g
  • Sodium: 1830.2 mg
  • Fat: 75.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 24.8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60.3 g
  • Fiber: 4.3 g
  • Protein: 40.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 146.4 mg

Keywords: pasta salad, pasta, sausage, peppers

Warm Pasta Salad with Sausage & Peppers

It’s July already!

That means the last of the early flowers are done and we have geraniums and impatience to admire for the rest of the summer.

And roses provided the rabbits don’t eat them.

Or the deer.

This was my clematis after I finally managed to rabbit-proof the stems so it could grow.

It’s not quite as prolific as I had hoped, but we are most pleased, regardless.

I also kept the rabbits away from the lilies this year.

I protected them with one of my tomato cages…. Which, of course, means that I had to come up with another way to cage the tomatoes.

(I cage the Roma’s which are determinate and I grow as bushes. The indeterminate are tied and trimmed. Now you know.)

Now the flowers I like to see are on the squashes and pumpkins and tomatoes. Food flowers!

6 thoughts on “Pasta Salad with Sausage & Peppers; flowers”

  1. Tomatoes! This year we have planted 70 plants (2 each of 35 varietes). Last year it was over 100. We don’t get overloaded with tomatoes as OH is on a mission to find the varieties that will cope with our climate without needing too much watering (we are near Agen). So they get watered when they are planted and then only if they look like they are going to die! Last year he watered just once or twice. So we lose some plants during the season. He then keeps the seeds and tries again.

    • Wow! I’m impressed. I have enough trouble taking care of the 16 I plant every year. Do you spend time removing the suckers and tying them all? We have the same climate…. I am just now ready to water again in over a month lol

  2. When I was young, I was 5’8″, weighed 125 and could eat a small pizza for dinner and not bat an eye. Now, more than half a slice and I gain 5 pounds. I do often make sausage and peppers for hubs. I don’t eat the peppers so that’s a night I do a sausage with the French’s like I mentioned before 🙂 I also make him a small batch sans sausage when we do brats.

    I was gifted 3 tomato plants! I’m putting two in pots on the deck and one in a flower bed and we’ll see how they all do. It’s late to plant them, but I hope I get some anyway. I’ve just never done pots before but the deck gets sun most all day so I think they’ll be okay.

    • Those days of eating everything were great – and long gone.
      I hope your tomatoes grow. Mine are very slow this year due, I’m sure, to all the cold, rainy days. It’s the middle of July and I have no hopes of seeing a red tomato until August – a month later than usual. I hope it’s a good fall harvest.

  3. That pasta salad with sausage and peppers sounds wonderful! And I must say that the sausage peppers combination sounds even better with pasta than on a bun. You are brilliant to have thought of it.

    Your clematis looks mighty prolific to me! Ours is struggling (no rabbits to attack the stems, but there is the not-quite-enough-sun problem) and has about 7 flowers on it. They’re nice flowers, but not nearly as spectacular as yours. If we saw your clematis as we bicycled by, we would both say simultaneously, “Clem alert! Clem alert!”

    I am equally envious of your beautiful lilies.

    I did use one of those cages for our cherry tomato, which quickly outgrew the top of the cage. One branch full of green tomatoes fell over (or was pulled down by masked bandits). I had to cut it off because it was no longer getting enough nutrients from the main stem. Rats. I was so looking forward to flash grilled barbecue-wokked cherry tomato salad!

    • My mother had a purple clematis that covered half of the house…. She was justifiably proud of it.
      I’m happy with mine.
      I’m hoping some of my tomato plants will actually produce tomatoes soon. I’m a terribly impatient gardener and they are never fast enough for me. But this year they are unusually slow. Sigh….
      We have to make our own cages. I need more but I refuse to buy 50 meters of fencing so I can use 2 meters for cages.

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