Sausage and Peppers are one of JJ's favorite combinations, so I try to make it often. I've made it in pizza, calzone, pasta, and subs. When I was in Cincinnati over the weekend, my mom and I went to Trader Joe's, and I found some awesome products I've never gotten there before. One of those was the Italian Chicken Sausage. I have tried all of the other varieties (apple-maple is still my favorite), they're so good, and low fat/cal! I also found this eggplant and red pepper spread, as well as Garlic Basil pasta. I love making my own pasta, but buying it is so much easier! I also love how TJ's sells 3 packs of goat cheese that are a bit smaller. Whenever I buy a goat cheese log, it serves 4, so we end up eating more than we should! I love to buy the 3 pack because it's the same price as a 6 oz. log, but you get 3 4oz. logs!
Rather than use my basic marinara and ricotta blend for this sausage and peppers pasta, I subbed the tapenade style spread for the marinara, and the goat cheese for ricotta.
I used their stoplight peppers in the frozen food aisle, and this meal came together so quickly and it was delicious!
Goat Cheese and Tapenade Sausage and Peppers Pasta
1 5oz. pack Italian Chicken Sausage
1 8 oz. bag of Garlic Basil Fettuccini
1 bag of frozen bell pepper strips
1/2 c. Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Spread
1/4 c. crumbled Goat Cheese
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper
Bring a pot of water to a boil, salt and add pasta.
Cook according to package.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
Add peppers, heat through.
Slice sausage, add to the peppers.
Add tapenade, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to peppers.
Cover, heat through, about 5 minutes.
Add pasta, toss.
Plate and top with crumbled goat cheese.
Note - I love TJ's products because they are usually natural, organic, no preservatives, etc., but also because of the cost, here's a little breakdown...
Sausage TJ's - 3.99, Kroger 5.99
Pasta TJ's - 1.99 Kroger 4.99
Goat Cheese TJ's - 2.79 (pack of 3) Kroger - 3.99 (1 log)
Tapenade - TJ's - 2.99 Kroger - 5.99
Peppers - TJ's 1.99 Kroger - 1.00
TJ's - 13.75
Kroger - 21.96
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