This is the first year that I bought the right pepper plants according to my husband. Every year he asks for hot banana peppers and I end up buying sweet. He really loves stuffed banana peppers so it always bummed him out when I would get the wrong ones. And because this year I finally got it right, I decided to make this Stuffed Banana Pepper Pasta just for him.
Usually we stuff our banana peppers with a sweet Italian sausage. We tried hot but that was a bit too much for us…well at least for me. My hubby showed me how to clean the peppers so they would not be too hot. You have to take out all the seeds and the ribs inside the pepper. That’s where all the heat comes from. I’m not too meticulous about the ribs as we like to have some heat. After they are cleaned, I just stuffed them with a good sweet Italian sausage and then chopped them in bit size pieces. I also added some grape tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and tossed with some olive oil. I had a link or two left of the sausage so I just rolled them into little sausage meatballs.
Then you simply, roast these in the oven for about 30 minutes.
In the mean time, cook your pasta and grate your cheese. When it comes of the oven, just plate your pasta and spoon the roasted peppers over your noodles and top with freshly grated cheese. Yum!
This is a good way to use peppers from the garden. You can eat the roasted tomatoes and peppers as is if you don’t want the carbs or you can eat it with garlic bread or a good crusty loaf too. Actually I think it would also be very nice over rice. I might try that next time. Well I hope you enjoy this simple but tasty meal that we love so much.
Hot Stuffed Banana Pepper Pasta
- 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
- 12 banana peppers cleaned of seeds and ribs
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- ½ pound pasta cooked
- grated cheese optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray your baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Stuff your banana peppers with the sausage. If the sausage is in casings, take them off to stuff the peppers. If you have left over sausage, shape into small meatball bites.
Slice the banana peppers in a few pieces and make sure the sausage is in every piece if possible.
Add your stuffed peppers, excess sausage, tomatoes, spices and olive oil to your baking dish and toss so that everything is mixed well.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the sausage is full cooked.
In the meantime cook your pasta.
Once the peppers are baked, add to your cooked pasta and serve with grated cheese if you wish.
Also delicious over zucchini noodles if you are gluten free or Paleo.