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Cheesy Sausage Penne

This lasagna-like entree takes me back to my childhood. I got the recipe from a friend's mother, who fixed it for us when we were kids. I made a few changes to it, but it's still quick and delicious. —Dallas McCord Reno, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream and onions.
  • In a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish, layer half of the pasta and sausage mixture. Dollop with half the cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with half the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers.
  • Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, 30-35 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 422 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 667mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Jan 11, 2018

    This was very good. I used a few less noodles than the recipe called for because I was worried it would be dry. I also used a 9 x 13 pan. Thank You.

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Jan 10, 2018

    This was very good!! I used a few less noodles than the recipe called for because I was worried it would be dry. I also used a 9 x 13 pan. Thank You!

  • PrplMonky5
    Jan 7, 2018

    This was very yummy. I cut this in half for just my husband and I and put it in a 1.5-qt baking dish. Everything was to the very top and threatening to spill over, so next time I'll probably put it in a 2-qt. I already had leftover bulk Italian sausage cooked (it was a beef/pork/bacon sausage mix), so I initially heated that, then proceeded to adding the spaghetti sauce (I used a tomato & basil). I used ziti instead of penne which seemed to work fine. I believe I only baked it for about 25 minutes or so (which was plenty). Overall, very very tasty. My only complaint is that I found it to be a tad dry. The noodles really soaked up the sauce so there didn't really seem to be much there. Maybe next time I'll add in more. Otherwise, this needed no other tweaks.

  • Debglass11
    Sep 8, 2016

    This recipe is similar to one I've made for years, except mine calls for ground beef and this was a nice change of pace! Aside from the ingredients called for, I used more garlic (4 cloves) and added one onion, chopped, which I sauteed along with the sausage. And I added one 15 ounce can of crushed tomatoes along with the spaghetti sauce and seasoned the mixture with basil, oregano, parmesan, a little kosher salt and sugar. Baked mine a little longer - about 40 minutes, and I waited until the last 5 minutes to add the final layer of cheddar cheese. Very tasty and something I'll make again!

  • cindymarza
    Nov 6, 2014

    My son is allergic to wheat and we used Gluten free penne pasta for this dish. The whole family loved this meal and requested it be served often!

  • Joscy
    May 9, 2014

    Been some time since I've made this delicious dish. Making for dinner tonite!!

  • Lime Lady
    Apr 20, 2013

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  • Missy0912
    Feb 5, 2013

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  • Aidandyl12
    Dec 18, 2012

    This is really good, but very indulgent. Everyone liked it, but we all felt like it was a major cheat meal.

  • ladyhearts4
    Nov 17, 2012

    I use less cream cheese...