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Cheesy Sausage Penne Recipe

Cheesy Sausage Penne Recipe

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. YIELD: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 (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook the 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 for 20 minutes.
  • 2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and onions.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional 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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Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 253835
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7391984 67328
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2694585 54560
Reviewed May. 9, 2014

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

Aidandyl12 User ID: 6917223 88142
Reviewed 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 User ID: 309164 46869
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"I use less cream cheese..."

samanthaphill User ID: 3907835 134038
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Love this one! Even my VERY picky kids will eat it. It's a family fave!"

nadinas User ID: 4279916 46867
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"My mom was the only one in my family that liked this recipe!! Niether my dad or I liked it. The sour cream sauce is too intense and was really really sour. I would make a huge substitution if I was to make this again!! We ate all of it because I didn't want to cook anything else. This is one of only a handful that I have gotten from ToH that we did not like!"

JustLorri User ID: 4612146 121929
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"A simple recipe with a lot of taste! This is one of my children's favorites."

Billiekids User ID: 6453689 54357
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"we liked it, but i would add another 1lb of sausage, and cook the onions ( i cut only 2 not 4) with the sausage and ragu sauce....i think the onions should be diced and 4 was entirely too many!"

FFOG User ID: 6336941 205435
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I'm new to making dinners and this easy and good."

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 54347
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I cut this recipe in half because my husband and my daughter's boyfriend are both "Meat & Potatoes" kind of guys, but they both LOVED this! It's a keeper!"

SanityBreak202 User ID: 2886293 85261
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"Family said it was too saucy. They won't let me make it again but if I did, I would cut the sour cream and cream cheese in half."

Peityn User ID: 6130776 127581
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"This recipe is a keeper!:) My family loved it!"

wagondorfer User ID: 1632905 138162
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"Really enjoyed this recipe. However, I was making it only for two people so I cut all the ingredients in half and used a 2-qt. casserole to bake it in. I also used Italian turkey sausage in place of the Italian sausage. Very Good."

bobeezwrld User ID: 2606286 121928
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"It's a little greasy, but oh so good! I always make it with kielbasa, there are never any left-overs!"

bkarsten User ID: 5829562 121927
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"The flavor was beyond what i had hoped for! My husband and i both loved it! It certainly did make a lot, we will have leftovers for a few days. I will absolutely make it again."

wilkayed User ID: 1929276 91266
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"My husband is not a big pasta fan but he liked this. I used hot Italian sausage so it had a little bite to it. I used fat free sour cream and cream cheese so it helped reduce the calories because of the sausage. I will definitely make this one again and maybe even try it with hamburg."

kc79 User ID: 5573595 61936
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"I have made this SEVERAL times, it's a favorite in my family, and I've always used turkey sausage, fat free sour cream and fat free cream cheese. I don't know what it tastes like any other way, but I can for sure say it's amazing with the above mentioned revisions!!"

Chef_Dad User ID: 4599801 67320
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"Very good. quick and easy to make. Great as leftovers, too."

TeiLea User ID: 2810488 138161
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2010

"Sinfully delicious! My family loved this. I did not use the whole box of penne and it worked out perfectly."

samantha_phill User ID: 3935712 121816
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"I made it for my family twice in one week then made it at my Mom's. They loved it so much and she makes it all the time now."

jamiehowell User ID: 1694857 138160
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"Huge amount of calories, but could be cut down using low-fat/non-fat items and turkey sausage. We used italian spiced sausage and it turned out well, however I think it was better the next day. It seemed to need time to let all the flavors meld together."

dstampp User ID: 2798988 88140
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"My whole family loved this recipe. It was very easy to prepare and the flavor is wonderful. It will be one that we make often."

mom2mira User ID: 4477908 121801
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"My other review should have been 5 stars, but it won't let me change it."

mom2mira User ID: 4477908 125066
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"Everyone in out house loves this recipe. Because it is such a heavy dish, we normally only make it every few months, but when we do the leftovers are always gone the next day."

angela mcguire User ID: 1710080 121736
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"I make this at least once a month in the fall and winter. I make homemade spaghetti sauce and put the noodles down first, then a layer of sauce, then the dollops of cream cheese, then I sprinkle the shredded. I have family beg me to make this! It's wonderful"

popsicle33 User ID: 3496506 134037
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2008

"how would it taste if the sausage was Italian-spiced turkey sausage, and you got low-fat/fat-free sour cream and cream cheese? I'll bet, all in all, you can't tell it's a little healthier."

popsicle33 User ID: 3496506 138152
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2008

"no wonder it's so popular, look at the calories in just a 1 cup serving, and the amount of fat and sodium. It looks heavy. I can't believe this has all that sour cream and cream cheese too! This is what my great grandmother would have made, but then she shoveled coal every day of her life."

jamiej224 User ID: 2722626 138150
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2008

"I love this recipe. It is very easy to make and I have always received wonderful reviews from guests!"

mkbonine User ID: 1104310 125055
Reviewed May. 19, 2008

"Neither I nor my 12-year-old son liked the recipe. We will not make it again."

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