Penne and Peppers with a Chunky Meat Sauce

Ever have one of those days where you are so busy that when dinner time rolls around you are scrambling!? {I swear that’s every day lately} Despite being a food blogger I have days like that. When that happens this is my go to recipe. I use ingredients I always have on hand, it is ready in minutes, and includes all the main food groups.

If you happen to live near a Smith’s Grocery Store, right now is the perfect time to stock up on some the ingredients in this recipe!  Head over here and print a copy expired


of each coupon (twice).  Take a trip over to Smith’s where they have a Mix and Match Buy 10 Save $5 sale going on, use the coupons, and you can score some FREE pasta!  Also included in the sale is Classico Pasta Sauce and Kraft Shredded Cheese (my local Smith’s had each for 1.49 as part of the Buy 10 sale)!  Verify your local ad to confirm the sale, it continues until Tuesday 3/22/2011.

AUGUST 2013 UPDATE: some of fave sites to stay on top of sales like this are Pinching Your Pennies and Hip 2 Save.  Always a good deal to be had at either of those sites!



  1. Hmmm…this looks divine!

  2. That looks yummy! I love pasta and this recipe sounds so good with the pepperoni and peppers! Yum.

  3. great recipe! i went to smith’s but couldn’t find the annie’s pasta. they were totally out of it, and it’s my favorite! (white shells and pasta, yum!!) thanks for a delicious recipe that went along with a great sale!

  4. Thank you all! I am so glad you liked it! It’s certainly a family favorite and when the main ingredients are on sale it is a major bonus. Enjoy!

  5. Ruth Richards says:

    What is Vodka Sauce and is it at most grocery stores?

    • Vodka sauce is a tomato, vodka, and cream sauce and should be available in most grocery stores. I love Trader Joe’s brand but there are also other widely available brands such as Bertoli. I hope you like it Ruth!


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