TOTAL TIME: 40 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 6 to 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, cut into small dice (about 2 cups)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into medium dice (about1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for the pasta water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
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Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until just tender, about 11 minutes. Drain the pasta in a colander, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water, and set aside.

While the water is heating and the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a l4-inch saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper, and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, breaking the pieces up with the back of a wooden spoon, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and escarole, and cook for 5 minutes longer.

Add the cooked pasta and the reserved cooking water, and stir gently to combine. Simmer just until everything is heated through, about 2 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl. Add the cheese and crushed red pepper, and toss to combine. Drizzle with the extra-virgin olive oil, and serve immediately.

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  • on January 13, 2013

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    I have made this recipe several times and it's always a hit! It makes a ton of food and a "one pot meal!" That's the way I like to cook. The only change I made was to double the amount of Escarole, which I just adore. I strongly suggest Mise en Place for this recipe. Make sure you have all of your ingredients ready before assembling it. This dish is just perfect for the BIG GAME! Touché Emeril!

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  • on December 14, 2011

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    So simple and so delicious! I couldn't find escarole at my local store so I used mustard greens instead, which I had never cooked with before. It turned out great. My husband especially loved it!

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  • on December 07, 2011

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    Excellent! Used orecchietti pasta and endive as a substitute. Savory, simple, balanced and a huge hit. Pasta water really makes this dish come together. Will be a family favorite for years to come. Thanks Emeril!!!

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