Pasta with Sausage and Peppers Recipe

Scott and I rarely eat red meat, but we do occasionally make an exception for hot sausage, and especially for this meal. It’s so easy to make and comes together quickly with just a couple ingredients, and even with a few ingredients, it’s incredibly flavorful!

This recipe is slightly adapted from the 5-Ingredient Cookbook.


Pasta with Sausage and Peppers
(Serves 4)

  • 8 oz (half a box) farfalle/bow tie pasta
  • 3 links (about 3/4 lb) hot Italian sausage
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup water + 1/2 tsp Better than Bouillon (or 1/2 cup broth, chicken or vegetable)
  • ground black pepper, to taste


Cook the pasta in salted water, according to package directions. In a large skillet, cook the sausage and peppers over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage is brown.



Add broth and black pepper to skillet. Bring to boiling, then simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

We always use chicken Better than Bouillon because it’s so much easier to have on hand than broth. We just keep the one jar in our fridge (instead of having to buy chicken broth all the time), and 1 tsp of the mix plus 1 cup of water is equivalent to 1 cup of broth, so each tub makes a ton of broth! There are also beef, vegetable, and vegan versions. (This post is not sponsored by them in any way, I’m just a huge fan).


After you’re done simmering, remove the skillet from the heat and add the cooked pasta. We like to top ours with Parmesan cheese.



This meal is really to make vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free. For a vegetarian/vegan meal, omit the sausage (or replace with a vegetarian substitute) and use vegetable or vegan “chicken” broth. It tastes great even without the sausage (it’s kind of like a miracle)!

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10 Summer Essentials

top 10 summer essentials

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the weather so far this summer – it’s been warm for pretty much all of June, which never happens in PA. We’ve been able to do tons of fun summery things already, and it’s only been “officially” summer for a week, so I’m excited to see  With summer now in full swing, I wanted to put together a quick list of all the things I consider to be my “summer essentials”. From swimsuits to beauty products to water bottles, these are all the things I made sure to have for summer! I’ve linked a few products in each category in a variety of price ranges, so you can pick something that works for you.


Striped Swing Dress

Striped Swing Dress Outfit for Summer

Striped Swing Dress Outfit for Summer

There are a couple reasons why I love dresses, especially in the summer. First of all, they’re a nice way to keep cool and still look put-together. But mostly, I love dresses because there is no matching involved – just throw one on and your outfit planning for the day is done. I recently bought this striped swing dress from Old Navy and I’ve been loving it. It’s really easy to just throw on, it’s super comfortable, and I think it makes a really nice “everyday” dress.

Striped Swing Dress Outfit for Summer

Striped Swing Dress Outfit for Summer

I paired the swing dress with a floral necklace, some chambray slip-on sneakers, and a floral shirt tied around my waist for an easy, summery outfit. I love to have a shirt tied around my waist, especially for swingy dresses like this, since it can give my waist a little more shape. It also comes in handy if you’re going to be out in the evenings when it may get a little cooler and you might want some long sleeves!

Striped Swing Dress Outfit for Summer

Striped Swing Dress Outfit for Summer

These are the exact shoes I’m wearing – they do run small, so if you go between sizes, I’d suggest ordering the larger size! (I ordered my normal size and they were small, but I was able to stretch them out by wearing them with a pair of wool socks for awhile.)

You can shop everything I’m wearing below, as well as similar options for things that aren’t available anymore. (I also linked a similar dress that’s on sale, comes in tons of colors and patterns, AND has pockets! It’s going to be hard for me to resist buying it, to be honest.)

I’ve linked this post up here and here.