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Savory Sausage Penne Supper

“I enjoyed a similar pasta dish at a restaurant and decided to re-create it to suit my family’s tastes. If I have extra sauce, I freeze it and use it as a base for soup later.”—Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, place the tomato sauce, red peppers, onion, oil, garlic, vinegar, sugar, Italian seasoning, coriander, fennel seed and garlic salt in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add tomato mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 480 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 959mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.

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