Olive Garden Sausage & Peppers Rustica Recipe

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A delicious sausage and pepper dish served with home made salsa marinara sauce over ziti pasta. My husband quit going to Olive Garden because they took this recipe off there menu.
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  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet and hot mixed Italian Sausage Links
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 each red, orange and yellow peppers, seeded & cut into 1
  • 1 can Italian-style or plum tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 can tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup basil, fresh, chopped finely, firmly packed
  • 3/4 pound ziti pasta
  • parsley
  • grated Parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper, to taste
15 mins
45 mins
1 hr

Bake or pan-fry sausage until fully cooked. Drain.

Cut sausages half lengthwise; then cut into 1/2" slices. Result will be semi-circles of sausage.

Sauté pepper slices in olive oil until their crispness is lost, but not soft.

For Salsa Marinara (5 cups):
Do not puree the tomatoes, just break them up.

Combine tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic, olive oil and fresh basil in sauce pan. Bring to a light simmer.

Cook pasta. Drain and transfer to four warmed plates. Top with sausage, peppers and salsa marinara.

Garnish each plate with parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.

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Olive Garden Sausage & Peppers Rustica Recipe Reviews

olive garden sausage peppers rustica

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"Had it last night at Naples(Fl.) Olive Garden, was delicious so had to have it for my collection. Wonderful dinner.."
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"I just went to Olive Garden last night and tey had this on the menu, and it said "new". It was very good, and i'm going to make this at home.... I'm in Louisville, Ky. by the way....."
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"Olive Garden will make this dish upon request. I have requested it in several states and they always make it for me."
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