Italian Sausage and Penne Pasta

Victoria Ross


Another Facebook recipe that sounded so good that I made it that night. Quick, easy and had me thinking about it again a few days later. Such a good mix of flavors. I did tweek it a bit to my liking and it is a perfect, uncomplicated dish to make. Enjoy!

★★★★★ 2 votes
10 Min
25 Min
Stove Top


16 oz box of penne pasta white or tricolor
2 Tbsp
olive oil
1 lb
sweet italian sausage links, casings removed and crumbled
1/2 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 c
diced red onion
4 clove
garlic, minced
1 c
sliced mushrooms
1 Tbsp
28 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 c
heavy whipping cream or you can use half and half( i used heavy cream)
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
black pepper
1 tsp
italian seasoning
1/2 c
shredded parmesan cheese
shredded parmesan for topping
parsley, fresh or dried for sprinkling

How to Make Italian Sausage and Penne Pasta


  • 1Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add crumbled sausage and crushed red pepper. Cook until sausage is no longer pink, stirring frequently about 8 minutes. While your sausage is cooking, start your water for your pasta to cook in. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat and cook mushrooms until they begin to brown.
  • 2Add onion and garlic to sausage in skillet. Cook until onion is tender and sausage is light brown, stirring occasionally. When your pasta water comes to a boil, cook penne to desired doneness. When pasta is done drain well and return to cooking pot.
  • 3Add tomatoes, cream, salt, pepper, Italian Seasoning, and browned mushrooms to sausage in skillet. Stir to mix and then add the 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese and stir. Simmer until mixture slightly thickens, about 5 minutes.
  • 4When sausage mixture has thickened and looking yummy add it to drained pasta in the large pot. Give it a good stir to get a good mixture of ingredients. Plate your serving and sprinkle with desired amount of parsley and shredded parmesan. Enjoy, I know I do!

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About Italian Sausage and Penne Pasta

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy