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Pronto Penne Pasta

 Pronto Penne Pasta
I have four boys and have to trick them into eating healthy! Not an easy task, but this is a favorite! -Tomissa Huart of Union, Illinois
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 2-1/4 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, crumble
  • sausage into a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray. Add
  • onion and green pepper; cook and stir over medium heat until meat is
  • no longer pink. Drain. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, garlic,
  • tarragon, basil and cayenne.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour and milk until smooth; stir into
  • sausage mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or
  • until thickened.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Drain

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Pronto Penne Pasta (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • pasta; toss with sausage mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 2
  • teaspoons Parmesan cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 373 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 800 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 medium-fat meat, 1 vegetable.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.