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Sausage & Penne Marinara Recipe

Sausage & Penne Marinara Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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

Reviews for Sausage & Penne Marinara

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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!!"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"this was quick and very good. We added some gorgonzola cheese on top of ours and it added the right taste."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. So easy and delicious."

Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"Loved this, very spicy for my little kids though. Will cut back on the spices next time cause there will be a next time."

Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Making it my second time tonight.. :-) very good! i cut the recipe in half for just me and still eat very well twice. :-)"

Reviewed May. 6, 2012

"Yummm! Husband and I both loved it. Two of my three kids are too picky and didn't like it, but the other loved it. I like cooking with fresh garlic so I added 3 cloves, crushed. I also used Italian bear sausage (any Italian sausage would work). I'll be making this again."

Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"This is a definite keeper! For personal touches I used olive oil rather than canola, half each of a red and a green pepper, a little sugar, and I added about a quarter cup of red wine. My husband said "WOW" about 15 times through dinner!"

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

"Like food spicey, so used hot Italian sausage and more crushed red pepper and it was awesome! So easy too."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"This was very good and tasty! I am always looking for something different with a unique flavor and this was it. The only thing I changed was decreased the red pepper to 1/8 tsp. My husband added american cheese to his. Thanks for the recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"Very Good! I used bulk Italian sausage instead of the links, then just threw the peppers and onions in and sauted them along with the sausage without adding the oil. I would definitely make it again!"

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"I used whole wheat penne and mild Italian turkey sausages. Oh, so good! I'll be keeping this recipe handy for those nites when I get home from work late."

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2012

"I just happened to have everything for this tonight. It was very good! I out less pepper, used roll/tube of Italian sausage, since i cut recipe in half i did put little more sauce.... to avoid too much waste. only had little piece of green pepper left. I also could not find my basil, so instead of basil and oregano, i put Italian seasoning, but it turned out fine. I did not use the oil, but did put little butter in penn water... :-)"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"Like the others said - simple ingredients, easy to prepare, but a WOW taste."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"My kids loved this one and asked if I would make it again after only taking a few bites."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"I looked and looked for a recipe to use some Italian sausage I had on came down to two, and I ultimately chose this one because I didn't have the ziti the other recipe called for. I'm so glad I made this was delicious! I thought the ingredients sounded too "simple" for it to be very impressive, but I was wrong! The rest of the family loved it as well. Great recipe....definitely one I'll use over and over again!"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Would absolutely make again! Made it with turkey sausage and Ronzoni Smart Taste penne to cut some of the fat. Delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"Excellent dish. My family of 7 absolutely love it. Even my two picky eaters."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"Wow! This simple recipe was so good! My family loved it and it couldn't have been easier to make.

This recipe would have been great "as is", but I I did make some changes to suit my our tastes:
We do not like green pepper, so I used a red pepper instead.
I used 1 tsp chopped garlic instead of the garlic powder.
I also added 1 tsp dried parsley and 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning.
I used 1 Tbsp olive oil instead of the canola oil."

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2010

"One of my husbands top 5, he loves this!"

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"This is a very good dish. I got 4 meals for the two of us and as time went on the taste got even better. I did use the small penne pasta and added a teaspoon of Better than Bouillon."

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2010

"This was a very quick and easy meal to make and full of wonderful flavor. I used both sweet and hot Italian Chicken sausage and it tasted great! I have already printed and laminated this recipe and put it in my recipe box!"

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2010

"My teenage son made this last night and it was delicious! We used hot pork sausage but next time we'll use Italian Turkey Sausage to cut down on the fat. We also used the Ronzoni Smart Taste Penne. My family is not real keen on green peppers so we used orange bell peppers......added nice color and couldn't even taste them. Loved the spiciness of this dish......definitely a keeper!!"

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

"Tried this recipe for lunch after church today. I was so easy and really fast. I'm having to watch my fat intake so I used chicken sausage instead of Italian sausage. It was really great. Even my granddaughter who is almost 3 loved it."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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