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Spicy Sausage and Penne Recipe
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Spicy Sausage and Penne Recipe

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“I got the inspiration for this recipe from a dish at a local restaurant. It’s a quick meal-in-one that I fix often.” You can also substitute whatever pasta or veggies you have on hand for this versatile skillet supper. Brian Albright - Seward, NE
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 pound smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 228 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 650 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in a large saucepan according to package directions, adding the vegetables during the last 6 minutes of cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown sausage; remove from skillet and keep warm.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, mustard and pepper flakes; gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Add milk mixture to the skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Drain pasta and vegetables; stir into the pan. Add cheese and reserved sausage; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Sausage and Penne in Healthy Cooking June/July 2009, p59

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 228 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 650 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.

Reviews for Spicy Sausage and Penne(10)

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Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

Different than your regular sausage recipes. I change this up by using whatever sausage I happen to have on hand. I only gave this a 4 because of all of the pans you need to wash afterwards.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

We all loved this dish. Easy to make and a little different taste than the usual penne and sausage casserole.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

This is a great foundation recipe. Didn't have mixed veggies so did without. Sauted onions, garlic and green bell pepper then regular smoked sausage. Followed the rest of the recipe and turned out fantastic. Expected to have leftovers but had to make more the next night!

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Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012

This was a wonderful surprise! I didn't have the mixed veggies so I used frozen peas and corn. Only thing I did different was to add a little shredded sharp cheddar. Now my hubby who never gives high praises went back for seconds, so in my book that is a keeper.

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Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

This recipe was only excellent because I read the reviews first and changed a few things. I used whole wheat pasta. I think that's very important when cooking to use things that have the most nutrients. I sauteed 1/2 onion, 1 red pepper, 1 yellow squash, and 1 small green zucchini together with salt, pepper, and a tsp of smokey sweet paprika and a bunch of garlic - but I love garlic so add as much as you like but you need some! 1/4 tsp later on in the recipe doesn't add much flavor. (I used more veg because I was doubling the recipe). Once the veg were tender crisp - about 5 minutes. I used that pan for the sausage and gave that about 5 minutes. I did the cheese sauce as said but I used 1/3 cup moz & 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar (for more flavor). I didn't have ground mustard so once the milk had thickened I added some dijon mustard just a tiny bit (maybe 1-2 tsp) for depth of flavor. It tasted great. My kiddo ate his whole bowl. It was good, slightly spicy, slightly nutty from the pasta, slightly garlicky, cheesy, and fun to look at with the colors of the different veg.

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