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Spicy Sausage Skillet Dinner ~ Gluten-Free & Low FODMAP Options

Spicy sausage skillet dinner is both pleasing to the taste buds and the eyes! Color, texture, and spices all in one pan.

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I’m not a huge sausage fan so I really didn’t expect to like this recipe as much as I did. Surprise…I’m actually looking forward to having it again very soon. As a kid growing up the only sausage I remember eating was Kielbasa with fried potatoes. My mom would overcook the sausage just enough to have these yummy crispy edges and I doused every piece with ketchup.

The penne pasta is the perfect addition to this recipe because it adds yet another texture and calm to the spices. Of course, any shape of pasta would work, or you could leave it out if preferred.

sliced onions and peppers seasoned for a sausage skillet dinner


  • Leave out the penne pasta and serve the sausage, peppers, and onions on a toasted hoagie bun, gluten-free if needed.
  • Scoop the fried sausage, peppers, and onions up and serve it over rice without the added pasta.
  • Wrap everything up in a warm tortilla, gluten-free if needed.
  • For Paleo diets leave out the penne and serve it over riced cauliflower.

You can use a regular Italian sausage or a lighter variety. There are many choices available to choose from to meet your dietary needs and your palette.

spicy one pan skillet dinner with sausage, bell peppers, onions, and pasta



  • Italian Sausage ~ check labels for gluten, dairy, soy, and corn ingredients. Plant-based sausage for vegans.
  • Penne pasta ~ gluten-free if needed ~ check labels for corn and soy ingredients.
  • Red and orange peppers
  • Red onion ~ omit for Low FODMAP or tops of green onions
  • Garlic ~ whole cloves or minced ~ substitute with Low FODMAP garlic replacer
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Chicken broth ~ check labels for allergens; a bouillon cube is an easy option if that’s possible.
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • Fennel seeds ~ optional
  • Scallion ~ optional ~ or tops of green onions for Low FODMAP
  • Fresh basil ~ optional but yummy
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese or a non-dairy substitute ~ optional

Sweet Bell Peppers Are Nutritious, And Here Is Why:

  • They are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Sweet peppers have folate and potassium.
  • Studies expect to see improved eye health and a lower risk of chronic diseases from people who eat bell peppers.


This tasty meal will be ready in about 30 minutes or less.

How Long Can I Keep The Leftovers?

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for no more than 3 days.
  • Freeze for longer storage.

Another popular skillet dinner idea that might be useful on a busy weeknight is Skillet Burgers, also known as Sloppy Joes.


Spicy Sausage Skillet Dinner

This satisfying 30-minute skillet meal will soon be a favorite. A pan full of incredible flavors, gluten, dairy, and egg-free, and with a paleo option too.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Brunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute recipe, allergy-friendly, brunch, dinner, easy recipe, egg-free, gluten-free, gluten-free vegan, nut-free, plantbased, skillet, weeknight dinners
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 464kcal
Author: Mary


  • 1 package Italian sausage ~ about 19 oz, check the label for allergy ingredients. Plant-based sausage for vegan.
  • 1 lb Penne Pasta Gluten-free if needed
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper sliced
  • 1 red onion sliced ~omit for Low FODMAP or tops of green onions
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced ~ Garlic replacer for Low FODMAP
  • 4 lg tomatoes diced
  • 2 tbsp crushed tomatoes use some from the diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth check the label for allergy ingredients
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds crushed or ground ~ optional
  • 1 scallion chopped (optional for garnish) ~ tops of green onions for Low FODMAP
  • fresh basil for garnish ~ optional


  • Cook penne according to the directions on the package ~ al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • Add some oil to the skillet and brown sausages on all sides. Add 1/4 cup water as needed to prevent sausages from sticking and so they don't blacken.
  • When insides of sausages are no longer pink transfer them to a cutting board.
  • Add about 1 tablespoon of oil if no water is left in the pan from the sausages and saute onions with crushed fennel seeds, crushed red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning.
  • Add garlic and crushed tomatoes. Saute about 1-minute stirring constantly.
  • Add sweet peppers and diced tomatoes. Cook until vegetables are just tender.
  • Stir in broth and season with salt and pepper.
  • Slice cooked sausage into 1/2-inch slices or preferred sizes. Add cut sausage to the skillet and cook about 5 minutes or until sausages are hot.
  • Stir in cooked penne pasta stirring gently as it heats up. This will only take a couple of minutes.
  • Garnish scallions and basil if desired.
  • Serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese or a dairy-free substitute.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1037IU | Vitamin C: 99mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg

This recipe idea is from www.eatwell101.com, sausage pasta skillet.

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