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Italian Sausage Marinara with Penne

Fill your house with the warm, wonderful aroma of this rich, bold-flavored sauce. It’s my first original recipe and a family favorite from the start. We love its zesty blend of veggies and Italian turkey links. —Teresa Kriese, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, julienned
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) Italian crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta


  • In a Dutch oven, saute sausage until no longer pink; drain. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, saute the zucchini, pepper and mushrooms in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, cheese, hot sauce, Italian seasoning, sugar and salt. Stir in sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until slightly thickened.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Serve with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup sauce with 1 cup pasta: 441 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 991mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 8g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • JMartinelli13
    Mar 5, 2019

    I used hot Italian turkey sausage, so I reduced amount of hot sauce called for in the recipe. I used 2 giant cloves of garlic, which would probably be closer to 4 normal sized cloves. Other than that, I made the recipe as stated. The hour simmer time seemed much longer than that because I was starving and it smelled amazing. This was absolutely perfect for all the wintry weather we've been having. Delicious and filling, but not heavy. It would also work well with chicken. For a low carb option, break out your spiralizer and make some carrot, beet or eggplant zoodles.

  • sands351
    Aug 9, 2017

    This is really good. I couldn't find the Italian Turkey Sausage Links in my area, so I used bulk Italian Sausage. I also switched the pasta to rotini. That's just our preference. It turned out great and we will make again.

  • sandielynn6
    Jul 12, 2012

    This was excellent!

  • LindaEC
    Sep 25, 2011

    Fabulous and easy! I used bulk italian sausage crumbled into the sauce, and a couple of dashes of tabasco instead of Louisiana hot sauce (since my store was out of it).

  • Salathiag
    Sep 10, 2011

    I didn't use all three zucchini and because garlic has a stronger aroma than taste, I only used one clove. I also took the substitute suggestion and used the chicken broth instead of red wine and THE NATIVES ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!