Sausage & Penne Marinara Recipe
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Sausage & Penne Marinara Recipe

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It’s hard to beat the classic Italian flavors of this hearty, comforting dish. It has a slight kick, so omit the pepper flakes if you don’t want the heat. —Tammy Rowe, Bellevue, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 299 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 853mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion and green pepper in oil over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings; heat through.
  2. Drain pasta; toss with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sausage & Penne Marinara in Simple & Delicious June/July 2010, p28

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"With all the spices I thought it would be flavorful. But quite bland."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"Greatly enjoyed"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"made as written and is wonderful"

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"I absolutely loved this! I used 1 lb bulk Italian Sausage, and wagon wheel pasta. I can't wait to make this again!"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"I may have liked this a lot better if my husband hadn't doubled the red pepper was too spicy, but I will make it again and keep my husband out of the kitchen while I'm doing so! Lol!!"

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