Grilled Italian Sausages with Pasta and Vegetables

Friends expecting the same grilled chicken? Surprise them and serve grilled meat and veggies tossed with pasta!

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 5

1 1/4
pounds Italian sausage links (4 or 5 links)
2
large bell peppers, cut lengthwise into fourths
3/4
cup Italian dressing
2
cups uncooked penne pasta (6 ounces)
4
plum (Roma) tomatoes, chopped
2
tablespoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves

  • 1 Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Grill sausages 4 to 6 inches from medium heat 15 to 20 minutes, turning frequently, until no longer pink in center.
  • 2 Brush bell pepper pieces with about 2 tablespoons of the dressing. Add to grill for last 10 minutes of cooking time, turning frequently, until crisp-tender.
  • 3 Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 4 Cut sausages into 1/2-inch slices; cut bell peppers into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Toss pasta, sausages, bell peppers, tomatoes and remaining dressing. Sprinkle with basil.

Expert Tips

Use plenty of water and make sure you heat it to a vigorous boil before adding the pasta.

For more color, use one green and one yellow bell pepper.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
565
(
Calories from Fat
335),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
37g
37%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
),
Cholesterol
70mg
70%;
Sodium
1090mg
1090%;
Total Carbohydrate
38g
38%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
),
Protein
30g
30%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
12%;
Vitamin C
56%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
16%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.