Cheesy Sausage Penne Recipe
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Cheesy Sausage Penne Recipe

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This lasagna-like entree takes me back to my childhood. I got the recipe from a friend's mother, who fixed it for us when we were kids. I made a few changes to it, but it's still quick and delicious. —Dallas McCord Reno, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 422 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 667mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and onions.
  3. In a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish, layer half of the pasta and sausage mixture. Dollop with half the cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with half the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cheesy Sausage Penne in Quick Cooking March/April 2003, p31

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Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"My son is allergic to wheat and we used Gluten free penne pasta for this dish. The whole family loved this meal and requested it be served often!"

Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"Been some time since I've made this delicious dish. Making for dinner tonite!!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"This is really good, but very indulgent. Everyone liked it, but we all felt like it was a major cheat meal."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"I use less cream cheese..."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Love this one! Even my VERY picky kids will eat it. It's a family fave!"

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