1 lb sweet Italian sausage cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 Tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, very thinly sliced
2 green peppers, or 1 red and 1 green, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup water or dry white wine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1. Cook the penne (see package directions). Meanwhile, place the sausage in a large skillet filled with about 1/2 inch of water; simmer over high heat for 9 minutes.
2. While the sausage cooks, heat half of the oil over medium heat in another large skillet. Add the onion, the peppers, and half of the basil. Saute for 9 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Remove the sausage from the skillet with a slotted spoon; add it, with the remaining oil, to the onion-pepper mixture; cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, water or wine, salt and pepper, and remaining basil; simmer over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
4. Toss the penne with the sausage and pepper sauce, and serve. PER SERVING (2 cups): 549 calories, 20 g fat (6.3 g saturated), 986 mg sodium, 48 mg cholesterol. This dish is a good source of lycopene and vitamin C.