PASTA WITH TOMATOES, RED PEPPER AND ITALIAN SAUSAGE
5 tablespoons olive oil
4 Italian sausages, cut into 3/4 inch slices
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
3 large red peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into slivers
3 large firm ripe red tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 pound rigatoni pasta
10 basil leaves, cut into strips
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
In a medium frying pan warm 3 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat, add sausages, cover with lid and sautÃ© until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to pan, warm over medium heat, add onion and sautÃ© until golden. Add peppers and cook, turning them from time to time, for 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for another 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
Bring 5 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until tender, (firm to the bite), drain and transfer to a warm bowl. Add the vegetable mixture and basil, toss. Dust with cheese. and serve.