Sausage Penne Bake Recipe
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Sausage Penne Bake Recipe

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No one will guess a dish this cheesy and filling could be healthy, but this one’s chock-full of eggplant, whole wheat pasta, tomatoes and fabulous flavor. —Barbara Kempen, Cambridge, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 3/4 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chopped ripe olives
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 325 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 623mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, eggplant and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add wine and garlic, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Drain pasta. Add the pasta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, olives, basil and pepper to skillet.
  3. Transfer to a 3-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Penne Bake in Healthy Cooking February/March 2011, p49

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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mom2lauren User ID: 7407229 254711
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

"As a TOH volunteer field editor, I enjoy testing various recipes. This one appealed to me because I had a package of sausage to use as well as a small eggplant from our garden and some leftover black olives in the fridge to use. I made the recipe using all the called for ingredients, except I didn't have enough penne and I didn't want to make a special trip to the store, so I used linguine noodles. I also didn't have quite enough mozzarella, so I topped it up with marble cheese. Great flavour combination made for a comforting meal on a cold, rainy night."

vwgirl9 User ID: 6542372 175712
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"Family really enjoyed this"

evamcp User ID: 4349637 180362
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"Easy to make & delicious with lots of flavor!Note: It would be easy to cut back on sausage & cheese if you wanted less fat & use unsalted tomatoes to reduce sodium. I added a zucchini & it made such a wonderful dish full of veggies. My only sub was to use Italian seasoning instead of basil. However, some fresh basil leaves would be great!"

popnmim User ID: 3643117 130884
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"Just finished eating two bowls full. Excellant! Followed the recipe, but next time I will cut the onions into larger pieces and add a cup of canned corn. Maybe a bit of bell pepper."

win30o6 User ID: 4850272 189723
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"Look at the Saturated fat content and the Sodium content. These numbers are for a one cup serving. Not "heart healthy" at all!!"

zrmag1 User ID: 6019636 112107
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I'm a big fan of Eggplant. I used Whole grain Penne (that was all I had) instead of Whole wheat Penne . Loved it, loved it, loved it!"

KWhitehead User ID: 956468 175710
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"Simple and so yummy! Reheats beautifully! Husband doesn't like eggplant, so I subbed in two chopped zucchinis and a chopped bell pepper. DELICIOUS."

asabot User ID: 620927 175597
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"Very good. We don't care for eggplant so I omitted it. I also added some garlic salt."

runs2eat13 User ID: 5828962 212031
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"This was delicious! My fiance doesn't like eggplant and he loved the dish. He didn't realize eggplant was in it until he was half way done. It heated up really well too for leftovers."

haddur User ID: 2583007 212030
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"This was excellent!! The only thing I changed was I used Italian seasoning rather than basil and pepper. I added that seasoning to taste. The eggplant was delicious and the kids and hubby gobbled it up :)"

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