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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Rivkel User ID: 7467768 238101
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

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

KarenAllard User ID: 8189136 216294
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"Greatly enjoyed"

chippey User ID: 8022647 191456
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"made as written and is wonderful"

mints98 User ID: 5585150 147031
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!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 177831
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!!"

Dianaore User ID: 1737743 121660
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."

gregspotato User ID: 2352238 191455
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

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

CalgaryMomTo3 User ID: 6024905 119564
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."

victoria42367 User ID: 6447414 188843
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. :-)"

afinney User ID: 5779353 191944
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."

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