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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Honey Sesame Chicken Crockpot Recipe

Every time someone compliments me on my cooking, I laugh a little bit to myself. I do love to cook and I consider myself to be pretty good at it, but most of the meals I get compliments on take about 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of work. Making meals every day is hard, and I don’t know too many people who have hours every day to devote to cooking. This crockpot recipe is one of my favorites – it’s ridiculously easy and it can cook while you’re working!


Honey Sesame Chicken Crockpot Recipe
(Serves 2 + Leftovers)

  • 2 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s island soyaki sauce (It’s worth it to go out and buy this sauce – it’s so delicious! We also use it in our Easy 5-Ingredient Stir Fry.)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (You can find it in the Asian section of most grocery stores.)
  • Salt and Pepper

Honey Sesame Chicken Asian Crockpot Recipe

Add all ingredients to a crockpot and cook it on low for 4-6 hours. (Quick note – this recipe is VERY forgiving! I literally don’t ever measure any of the ingredients; I just add whatever looks right.) One hour before serving, shred the chicken and add it back to the crockpot. (You can also add broccoli to the crockpot at this time if you want – it’s great for picky eaters because it disguises the taste well.) Serve chicken and sauce over rice.

Honey Sesame Chicken Asian Inspired Crockpot Recipe

This recipe can also be made ahead of time and frozen (it makes a great gift for an expecting mom)! Just add all the ingredients to a ziplock bag and freeze, then thaw overnight in the fridge. Be sure to write the cooking time and setting on the bag before freezing so you don’t have to look up the recipe later!

I told you it was easy! This recipe is a staple in our house, and I think you’ll enjoy it too! To download the recipe in PDF format, click the button below.

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Easy Stir Fry Recipe (only 5 ingredients!)

This recipe is SO GOOD. Scott and I probably make it almost every week. And when I say that this is an easy stir fry recipe, I mean it – it only uses 5 ingredients and comes together in under a half hour. (And the 5 ingredients aren’t specialty or anything; they’re really easy to find in almost any grocery store!) Not only is it fast and easy – it also only uses one pot! (A must for me because without a dishwasher, I’m all about meals that mean I have to do less work after cooking them). This is one of my go-to meals for busy days, when I don’t have a lot of time to make dinner. It’s also one of my go-to meals when friends or family are visiting, because it’s different from what most people cook and you would never be able to tell how easy it was to throw together!


Easy Stir Fry Recipe (Serves 2 + Leftovers)

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil or other cooking oil
  • microwaveable noodle bowl
  • 1/2 cup island teriyaki sauce (the island soyaki from trader joe’s is the best!)
  • 1-2 cups frozen oriental or stir fry vegetables (we get ours from Aldi)

Easy Stir Fry Recipe Ingredients

See how simple this ingredients picture is? That’s because you need almost no ingredients for this recipe. (I wasn’t kidding when I said it was easy!)

Cut chicken breasts into cubes and season with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken in heated olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or medium pot. After chicken is cooked, turn heat to medium-low and add soyaki or teriyaki sauce to pan. It’s also really easy to make this vegan – just use a vegan teriyaki sauce (the one from trader joe’s is!), and skip the chicken or substitute for another protein.

Easy Stir Fry Recipe Cooking in a Copper Pan

Add 1-2 cups of the frozen stir fry vegetables to the pan (or more, depending on how many veggies you want!). Cook 5-10 minutes or until veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.

Easy Stir Fry Recipe Cooking with Noodles

Cook noodle bowl according to package directions (typically, you add the sauce and water, then microwave for a minute or two). We like to use the spicy mongolian noodle bowl by Simply Asia. Add noodles (sauce and all) to the chicken and veggies and cook for 5 more minutes on low.

Easy Stir Fry Recipe

Serve and enjoy. And there you have it – a colorful, delicious, (mostly) homemade stir fry in under 30 minutes!

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