Savory Sausage Penne Supper Recipe
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Savory Sausage Penne Supper Recipe

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“I enjoyed a similar pasta dish at a restaurant and decided to re-create it to suit my family’s tastes. If I have extra sauce, I freeze it and use it as a base for soup later.”—Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 480 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 959 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21 g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, place the tomato sauce, red peppers, onion, oil, garlic, vinegar, sugar, Italian seasoning, coriander, fennel seed and garlic salt in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add tomato mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  3. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and basil. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Savory Sausage Penne Supper in Taste of Home February/March 2011, p49

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 480 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 959 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

Seemed like too much pasta for the amount of sauce, but it was very good.

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

Just made this last week. Have passed the recipe on to several other people looking for delicious but quick dinner ideas. We loved it. I have made again this week and have noticed, though, that different brands of italian sausage result in different in differing end flavor. And I also felt that this would be something I would be served in a nice Italian restaurant. I would definitely serve this to company, knowing it would be delicious.

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

not enough sauce, but mix of sausage & onion flavors is classically delicious

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

This recipe is delicious, but my favorite thing about it is how quickly it comes together and that there is no chopping of ingredients! This recipe is in our family's regular rotation since I discovered it.

Reviewed May. 19, 2011

This recipe was quick and easy enough for a weeknight, and nutritious to boot (red peppers, onions, tomatoes, etc.)! The flavor is strong and savory (like the title promises), and my children managed to eat it without major complaint, so that's a winner in my book.

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