Sausage Penne Pasta

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Sausage Penne Pasta – quick and easy sausage penne pasta that you can get on the table in just minutes! A creamy pasta that the whole family will love.

Getting dinner on the table every night can be over whelming at times. When you have a house full of people with different tastes, it is easy to get stuck in a rut. This sausage pasta is going to be just the twist that your dinner menu needs!

It has basic ingredients you probably already have on hand, and you can get it on the table in under 25 minutes, so it is perfect for busy weeknights!

skillet with pasta and sausage

 

This was one of the very first recipes that I posted on this site, back in 2011. And the nice thing about it is, you can make it any night of the week because it is just so darn easy. Plus you can have everything on hand pretty much at all times!

You can find all sorts of different types of pasta in the grocery store, so you can even make this gluten free and pretty good for you depending on the type of pasta you use. I like to use the protein+ pasta or the chickpea pasta, so I am getting lots more protein and something filling instead of just plain pasta. But you can use whatever you have on hand!

creamy sausage pasta ingredients

What You’ll Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Italian Turkey Sausage
  • Italian Style Diced Tomatoes
  • Rosemary
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Penne Pasta
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese
a white bowl with creamy sausage pasta

How To Make Sausage Penne Pasta

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  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions. 
  2. Meanwhile, sauté the onion in the olive oil until soft. 
  3. Add the sausage, breaking apart. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the sausage starts to brown.
  4. Add rosemary, crushed red pepper and diced tomatoes. Cook for 7-8 minutes until the tomatoes are soft. 
  5. Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Cook for about another 5 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.
  6. Add cooked pasta and stir to combine. 
  7. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese if desired. 
looking down a skillet with penne and sausage

Recipe Tips

  • Sausage – I used Italian turkey sausage in this recipe to help lighten it up, but you can use whatever kind of sausage you like. Regular pork sausage works perfectly well. My family likes things spicy, so it used hot sausage, but you can use mild or sweet as well, whatever your family enjoys works great.
  • Pasta – Obviously penne is called for in this recipe, but any short cut pasta works great. So if you have rotini or another pasta on hand, that works great as well. You can use whole wheat, protein+, gluten free or just about any kind of pasta you have.
  • Rosemary – if you don’t have fresh rosemary on hand basil works great or even dried herbs. Rosemary gives it a little something different than your average pasta, but if you don’t have it on hand don’t worry.
  • Leftovers – This makes for a great lunch the next day. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Vegetables – Sometimes I like to add in a couple of handfuls of spinach with the sauce to add more nutrition and goodness to the recipe.
close up sausage penne pasta

What To Serve With Sausage Penne

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Sausage Penne Pasta

By Erin
Sausage Penne Pasta – quick and easy sausage penne pasta that you can get on the table in just minutes! A creamy pasta that the whole family will love.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients 

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 pound Italian Turkey Sausage, casings removed
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 15 oz cans Italian Style Diced Tomatoes
  • 12 oz Penne Pasta
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Instructions 

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to the package directions. 
  • Meanwhile heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and sauté onions for 3-4 minutes, until soft.
  • Add the sausage, breaking apart. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the sausage starts to brown.
  • Add rosemary, crushed red pepper and diced tomatoes. Cook for 7-8 minutes until the tomatoes are soft. 
  • Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Cook for about another 5 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Add cooked pasta and stir to combine. 
  • Serve with additional Parmesan cheese if desired. 

Notes

Recipe Adapted from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 745mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 408
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2 Comments

  1. Easy, hearty recipes like this are my favorite kinds to make. I have a hectic life, and I need things that are simple and delicious to get on the table in between everything else I’m doing.