Sausage, Pepper, Mushroom Fettuccine #SkinnyTip

I’ve been making this Sausage, Pepper, Mushroom Fettuccine for decades. Creamy sauce plus spicy sausage and vegetables makes for pure comfort food.

Sausage, Pepper, Mushroom Fettuccine

Destined to Be a Food Blogger

When I had a toddler and a newborn at home many years ago, I found much pleasure in watching cooking shows on TV. This was way before Food Network…in fact, I think PBS was the only station offering any said show. There was the Cajun Cook, Justin Wilson, Julia Child, and then a mystery show from which I ordered recipe cards…I remember nothing of the hosts or format. I’m certain colicky #2 caused some selective memory loss.  The top of the cards read: Food for Entertainment, and I’ve been making a version of one of their recipes for decades now. Of course, when I started, 2 cups of heavy cream wasn’t such a concern…but every couple years, I dig out the notecard and treat us to this delicious indulgence.

Sausage, Pepper, Mushroom Fettuccine

Quick and Delectable

This recipe takes just about 30 minutes to throw together…perfect for busy weeknights. Get your pasta water boiling, start sauteing your sausage while cutting up the peppers and onions. Buy pre-sliced mushrooms to cut down on prep work.  Reduce the cream during the 10 minute browning time. With a little organization, you can have this elegant meal on your table in no time. Serve with a crusty loaf of bread and you’re set.

Sausage, Pepper, Mushroom Fettuccine

Serves 6     adjust servings

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Adapted from an old PBS series, Food for Entertainment, this comforting pasta with a cream sauce, spicy sausage, bell peppers and mushrooms makes a delectable entree.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausages, cut into slices (I used 4 links)
  • 3-4 bell peppers, red, yellow and orange, cut into quarter inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 8-12 ounces of mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups whipping cream or half and half
  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat and add sausage, peppers and onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add mushrooms. Cook another couple minutes, then reduce heat and cook for about 10 minutes more till mushrooms and sausage both brown. Drain any juices to ensure better browning. Set aside.
  2. Put cream or half and half into a saucepan and cook till reduced by half.
  3. Cook fettuccine in well salted water and drain.
  4. Reheat sausage mixture if needed then toss with pasta in a large bowl. Add cream and Parmesan and toss. Season with salt and pepper if necessary. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 871kcal Calories from fat 488
% Daily Value
Total Fat 54g 83%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 880mg 37%
Carbohydrate 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 13g
Protein 25g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’m featuring some of my past tips to help you start 2015 on a healthy note. Click on the #SkinnyTip tag at the end of this post to see all my previous tips.

Tip #52: Drink lots of water. It will help fill you up and prevent snacking when you’re not truly hungry.


  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    A very colorful and tasty meal! Happy New Year Liz:@)

  2. I remeber two of those shows LIz but not Food for Entertainment. Oh my those were the days of food shows weren’t they, lol…We eat a lot of sausage and peppers around here usually over rice or noodles. I like the way you have “dolled” this dish up. I’ll have to surprise Marion one night with fettuccine! Thanks for sharing, Liz…

    Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year wishes coming your way!!! Be safe and have FUN!!!

  3. Hotly Spiced says:

    I do love these sorts of meals that can be whipped up in no time. Happy New Year to you and all your family. I think I remember the days when there weren’t any cooking shows on TV! xx

  4. Lady Lilith says:

    This looks nice. I just any dish that contains some sort of pasta.

  5. Drinking plenty of water is really important, but sometimes I don’t feel like drinking water nor
    any other drink, especially in the winter.
    Thanks for the tip!

  6. The Hubs would love this. Thanks for taking me down memory lane. Haven’t thought about Justin Wilson in years! Water is really important, especially this time of year! Happy New Yer, Liz.

  7. Lizzy,
    This dish looks great. I love sausage and peppers with anything. My hubby would love it too.
    Have a Happy New Year!

  8. 2 cups of heavy cream as an ingredient for pasta would certainly have caught my attention too Liz! It still does! This must be a new keeper for me! Happy New Year in New Zealand (WOW!), coming at ya from Palm Beach! Nice to be warmer, huh?
    Ching ching,

  9. I love this fettuccine, perfect for a busy weeknight. Happy New Year, Liz!

  10. What a lovely meal. After all the fancy food we’ve all eaten during the silly season, I’m ready for plain comfort food.

  11. A simple yet fantastic meal, Liz.

  12. Love the colourful treat, Liz! Bet you must be busy in the kitchen. Happy 2015 to you & may you have a wonderful new year, dear! Well, I’m back in action & resuming my blog hopping now. So glad to be back blogging ^_^

  13. It looks like the perfect meal for weekdays and weekends as well. Happy New Year, Liz!

  14. Happy new year dear Lizzy!!

  15. I remember watching Justin Wilson and think I still have one of his cookbooks. Love this dish, so warming and filling this time of year.

  16. At first I thought it was dry pasta….but, no….just the best creamy cream! Yummy!

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