Spicy Sausage and Penne
Total TimePrep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
- 1 cup uncooked penne pasta
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 1/2 pound smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1-1/4 cups fat-free milk
- 1/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Cook pasta in a large saucepan according to package directions, adding the vegetables during the last 6 minutes of cooking.
- Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown sausage; remove from skillet and keep warm.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, mustard and pepper flakes; gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Add milk mixture to the skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
- Drain pasta and vegetables; stir into the pan. Add cheese and reserved sausage; cook and stir until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 228 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 650mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.
Aug 14, 2017
As others have said, it's a good base that can be taken in a lot of directions. We liked it but It needed more spices. I made it as written except I used spicy Italian turkey sausage (I booked the sausages then sliced them into 1/4" slices, treating them from that point as written in the instructions.) When I tasted it when it was done I adjusted it by adding in 1/2 diced onion (which I microwaved so it would be cooked like the other veggies, and I added in 1/4 t. of Nature's Seasons and 1/2 T. of Italian seasoning. I'm sure the extra salt I added would make some consider it less healthy, but my household is not salt restricted. I will make this again and have noted all my tweaks. The Italian sausage is especially tasty in the sauce.
Sep 14, 2016
This is a versatile recipe that can be changed around and still taste great. I didn't cook the veggies in the pasta water but microwaved them. The sauce was ok but needed more flavor. I added some salt, pepper and about 1/4 tsp chicken bouillon powder and I only used 1 cup of almond milk and 1 tblsp cornstarch instead of flour. Next time I'll try Italian sausage, peppers and onion. Ham and asparagus would also work well.
Aug 4, 2015
I loved this dish, and so did my family! The sauce is so creamy I can't believe it is such a healthy dish. I used whole grain penne, and it worked well. Next time I will double the recipe for leftovers.
Sep 23, 2013
Different than your regular sausage recipes. I change this up by using whatever sausage I happen to have on hand. I only gave this a 4 because of all of the pans you need to wash afterwards.
Aug 11, 2013
We all loved this dish. Easy to make and a little different taste than the usual penne and sausage casserole.
Feb 23, 2013
This is a great foundation recipe. Didn't have mixed veggies so did without. Sauted onions, garlic and green bell pepper then regular smoked sausage. Followed the rest of the recipe and turned out fantastic. Expected to have leftovers but had to make more the next night!
Aug 17, 2012
This was a wonderful surprise! I didn't have the mixed veggies so I used frozen peas and corn. Only thing I did different was to add a little shredded sharp cheddar. Now my hubby who never gives high praises went back for seconds, so in my book that is a keeper.
Jun 6, 2012
This recipe was only excellent because I read the reviews first and changed a few things. I used whole wheat pasta. I think that's very important when cooking to use things that have the most nutrients. I sauteed 1/2 onion, 1 red pepper, 1 yellow squash, and 1 small green zucchini together with salt, pepper, and a tsp of smokey sweet paprika and a bunch of garlic - but I love garlic so add as much as you like but you need some! 1/4 tsp later on in the recipe doesn't add much flavor. (I used more veg because I was doubling the recipe). Once the veg were tender crisp - about 5 minutes. I used that pan for the sausage and gave that about 5 minutes. I did the cheese sauce as said but I used 1/3 cup moz & 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar (for more flavor). I didn't have ground mustard so once the milk had thickened I added some dijon mustard just a tiny bit (maybe 1-2 tsp) for depth of flavor. It tasted great. My kiddo ate his whole bowl. It was good, slightly spicy, slightly nutty from the pasta, slightly garlicky, cheesy, and fun to look at with the colors of the different veg.
May 15, 2012
This was OK....the sausage I bought was very spicy which was a good thing because the rest of the ingredients did not have much flavor.
Apr 8, 2012
love love this recipe easy to make
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