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Pronto Penne Pasta

I have four boys and have to trick them into eating healthy! Not an easy task, but this is a favorite! -Tomissa Huart of Union, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray. Add onion and green pepper; cook and stir over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, garlic, tarragon, basil and cayenne.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour and milk until smooth; stir into sausage mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Drain pasta; toss with sausage mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 373 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 800mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 medium-fat meat, 1 vegetable.
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  • lurky27
    Jan 9, 2015

    Yum! We used a 13 ounce box of whole wheat penne & it was plenty. The store did not have Italian turkey sausage links, so I used 1 pound ground Italian sausage.- Theresa

  • HBcook
    Oct 23, 2010

    This is a really good recipe. I used Italian sausage that I had in the freezer and I think 1 link was hot because this had a little kick. I used asiago for the parmesan. The servings are pretty accurate. I halved the recipe (from 6) and measured out 6 ounces of pasta = 2 oz./pp.

  • gabesmom
    Jun 15, 2009

    this recipe was delicious and approved by my 7 yr old. i did leave out the tarragon because i did not have any and i used very lean hamburger since i did not have that turkey sausage either. regardless it was great!!

  • mjlouk
    Jun 13, 2009

    Really good! Makes way more than 6 servings.

  • pzfgpp
    Apr 26, 2009

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  • msack3889
    Jan 28, 2009

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