In August, Owensboro's Jim Gilles, the owner of Hill View Farms Meats, was a featured speaker and chef on the Farm to Table Stage inside the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. That day, Jim prepared an incredibly tasty penne pasta recipe that featured fresh peppers and Hill View's deliciously spicy sausage.

Since that time, Jim has signed on to become a monthly regular on the popular What's Cookin'? segment of the WBKR Morning Show and he's decided to share that popular Kentucky State Fair recipe with you so you can make it at home!


8 ounces of uncooked penne pasta

1 pound of Italian sausage

1 each: medium green, yellow and red bell pepper, cut into ¼ inch strips

½ cup coarsely chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, pressed

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes in sauce, undrained

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

¼ cup grated fresh parmesan cheese


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.

2. Cook sausage over medium-high heat 14-16 minutes or until sausage is lightly browned and no longer pink, turning occasionally. Remove sausages from skillet; cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces and set aside. Cut bell peppers into ¼ inch strips and coarsely chop onion.

3. In same skillet, cook bell peppers, onion and pressed garlic over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Add sausage, tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasoning. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

4. Place pasta in large bowl; pour sauce mixture over pasta, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Chad Benefield
Chad Benefield

Hill View Farms Meats is located at 5024 Lee Rudy Road in Owensboro, KY. The store's open Mondays through Fridays 10am to 6pm and Saturdays 9am to 3pm. You can also shop online at

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